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Homework Help: Ive got a gravitational Potential Energy Question

  1. May 11, 2010 #1
    HEre is the page!! http://img190.imageshack.us/i/backofgravitationalpote.jpg/

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Qeustions at that pg

    1.Examine teh graph

    2.Calculate the change in potential of a 25 kg mass which is placed into orbit 520 km above the surface of teh earth.

    2. Relevant equations

    1.Please explain teh graph!!
    2.What the fudge is going on with the eg1 and eg2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    My friend did the solution and passed a copy of his sheet to me. I dont understand why stuff is happening.
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  3. May 11, 2010 #2
    The formula for gravitational potential energy is [tex] U = \frac{-GMm}{r} [/tex]. The graph is just U vs. r so [tex] U = \frac{-A}{r} [/tex] where A = GMm and r goes from 0 to infinity (the smallest physical value of r is 0). Also, in the graph r1 should correspond to E1 and r2 should correspond to E2 so the graph is labeled wrong.
    Last edited: May 11, 2010
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