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  1. Oct 8, 2006 #1
    this is one of the questions on my homework for today... can you guys explain to me how you will be able to get the answer for this?

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    A satellites are placed in a circular orbit that is 2.3.59E7 m above the surface of the earth. What is the magnitude of the acceleration due to gravity at this distance? :confused:
     
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  3. Oct 8, 2006 #2

    OlderDan

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    You need to know the universal gravitation law for the force of attraction between two objects. Then apply Newton's Second Law to find the acceleration of an object at that distance from the earth. You will find that the mass of the object does not matter. If you don't recognize the things I mentioned, find them in your text or search the internet.
     
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