Elliptical Orbit

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A comet of mass 5x10^16 kg moves in an elliptical orbit around the sun, with the sun at one focus. At the perihelion, 10^6 m, the comet has a linear velocity of 1.5x10^7 m/s. Find the angular momentum of the comet with respect to a focus at the sun.


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The Attempt at a Solution

Ya, I have nothing except 0<e<1, Vmin<E<0
 

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How about: What's the definition of angular momentum?
 
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Ok. So basically you multiply the three together? Sorry if I am slow.
 
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Ok. So basically you multiply the three together? Sorry if I am slow.
Yes. -- I mean yes to multiplying them together.

I have no idea about you're being slow or not.
 

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