(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Is the centripetal acceleration of Mars in its orbit around the Sun larger or smaller than the centripetal acceleration of the Earth?

2. Relevant equations

I assume that the relevant equation is a=v[itex]^{2}[/itex]/r since you are trying to compare the centripetal accelerations of Mars and Earth, however it is supposed to be a concept question according to the book so no data or variables should be needed to answer the question.

3. The attempt at a solution

So i know that Mars is farther away from the Sun than the Earth is, so r is obviously greater for Mars. Therefore the perimeter of Mars' orbit around the sun is greater than the perimeter of the Earth's orbit around the Sun. What I am confused about is how to figure out the velocity of Mars, or Earth for that matter. Is the velocity not needed to answer the question and I am merely missing something, or can you just assume that because Mars is farther away from the Sun it has a greater centripetal acceleration based on a trend?

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# Homework Help: Compare centripetal acceleration of Mars and Earth

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