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

I have uploaded the question. See attachment "question001"

2. Relevant equations

L=mvR for circular orbit

3. The attempt at a solution

See attachment "answer001". The problem is that my final answer seems to be imaginary, and I have tried to look for mistakes in my algebra which would lead me to this and haven't found any. Am I wrong in assuming that the Energy before the explosion is the same as the energy after the collision? I assumed that because no work was done on the orbiting mass, the energy was conserved. And there is no torque acting so angular momentum should be conserved.

I would be really grateful if someone could point out where I am going wrong

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# Homework Help: Energy of Orbiting Satellite

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