Finding radius of satellite in orbit given mass and rotational period

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Homework Statement



Suppose that Captain Omega of the Imperial Space Patrol wishes to place a spy satellite in geosynchronous orbit above the mysterious Planet X, which has a mass of 5.90 x1024 kg, and a rotational period of 26.4 hours.

(a) What should be the radius of the satellite's orbit?
(b) What would be the orbital speed of the satellite?


Homework Equations





The Attempt at a Solution



I used the law of periods : T2/r3 = 4∏2/GM

So I rearranged that to get:

r = (GMT2 / 4∏2) 1/3

I plugged in:
G = 6.67 e -11
M = 5.9 e 24 kg
T = 95040s

I ended up with 2.06e8 m = 2.06e5 km

But that answer isn't right and I don't understand what I'm doing wrong.
 

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I plug in your numbers to your formula and I get a different answer. You must have forgot a step in your arithmetic.
 
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Thank you! I'm not sure what I was doing wrong..mistake while entering in the calculator I guess!
 

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