Elliptical Orbit

  • Thread starter myoplex11
  • Start date
  • #1
45
0

Homework Statement


The period of a comet orbit is 100 years. As its closests approach is 0.37 AU from the sun. What is the semi-major axis of the comet's orbit? How far does it get from the sun?


Homework Equations



(T1/T2)^2 = (s1/s2)^3

The Attempt at a Solution


I dont even know where to begin with this problem any help would be really appreciated.
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
alphysicist
Homework Helper
2,238
1
Hi myoplex,

Homework Statement


The period of a comet orbit is 100 years. As its closests approach is 0.37 AU from the sun. What is the semi-major axis of the comet's orbit? How far does it get from the sun?


Homework Equations



(T1/T2)^2 = (s1/s2)^3

The Attempt at a Solution


I dont even know where to begin with this problem any help would be really appreciated.
What does Kepler's laws have to say about periods and semi-major axis?
 

Related Threads on Elliptical Orbit

  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
7K
  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
6
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
3K
Top