- #1

jj8890

- 43

- 0

**[SOLVED] Circular orbit question...please check answers**

## Homework Statement

Given: G = 6.67259 × 10^-11 N m^2/kg^2 .

A 956 kg geosynchronous satellite orbits a planet similar to Earth at a radius 201000 km

from the planet’s center. Its angular speed at this radius is the same as the rotational speed of the Earth, and so they appear stationary in the sky. That is, the period of the satelliteis 24 h .

What is the force acting on this satellite? (Newtons)

What is the mass of this planet? (kgs)

I just need help checking my answers and make sure that I am using the correct equations. I would appreciate the help.

## Homework Equations

v= (2*pi*R)/T

v= (Sqrt(G * Mcentral))/R; G=6.67259 *10^-11

F=(GmM)/r^2

## The Attempt at a Solution

v= (2*pi*R)/T = (2*pi*201,000,000)/86400 =

**14617.1 m/s**

v= (Sqrt(G * Mcentral)); (v^2 *r)/G=Mcentral

Mcentral= (14617.1^2 * 201,000,000)/(6.67259 *10^-11)=

**6.43615 * 10^26 kg**

F=(GmM)/r^2

F= [(6.67259*10^-11) * (956) * (6.43615 *10^26)]/(86400^2)=

**5.49985 *10^9 N**