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How to find the acceleration of a random planet

  1. Oct 8, 2004 #1
    here is the question,

    the mysterious planet pyramid travels around its sun in a circular orbit. The radius of this planet is 2.69e^7 m and the mass is 3.06e^25 kg . The radius of orbit of pyramid is 1.15e^11 m and the period is 6.34e^7 s . The mass of pyramids sun is 9.22e^31 and the radius of the sun is 1.50e^9 m . What is the acceleration of gravity on pyramid? (m/s^2)


    i thought you could use the formula v=(2(pi)r)/T and plug this into F=m(v^2/r) since the only force is gravity towards the sun.

    But my answer comes out to be 3.45e^22

    this seems a little high, any help? thanks guys
     
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  3. Oct 8, 2004 #2

    Doc Al

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    You have the mass and the radius of the planet. Use Newton's law of gravity to find the acceleration due to gravity at the planet's surface.
     
  4. Oct 8, 2004 #3
    dont i need to use the period somewhere in this problem?
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2004
  5. Oct 8, 2004 #4

    Doc Al

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    Not if the problem is to find the acceleration due to gravity on that planet's surface. (Is that the problem?)
     
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