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

Lets say that there is a small spacecraft (mass doesn't matter due to Earth's huge mass) orbiting Earth with a current distance from the center at 6,700,000 m. This whole problem is on a 2D plane with the spacecraft's current position at (0,6700000). It's current velocity is at 8,000 m/s along the x-axis. I would like to know how to determine the spacecraft's x and y coordinates at any point in time. I've made this problem only to satisfy my mathematical curiosity.

2. Relevant equations

Acceleration to Earth: F=GM/r^2

G= Gravitational Constant = 6.67384e-11 (m^3/kg*s^2)

Earth's Mass: 5.97e24

3. The attempt at a solution

I have tried multiple ways to get the solution and most of them ended up nowhere. So, please, can you explain how to get the answer? Thanks for your replies.

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

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# Homework Help: Find the Position of an Orbiting Spacecraft

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