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JM2107

## Main Question or Discussion Point

In the following problem, I got that the velocity is 5609m/s but the answer key says that the velocity of the rocket is 3950m/s. I know both answers can be calculated but I dont understand why the radial distance would be the distance from the rocket to the earths surface. I personally think that the velocity of the rocket should be calculated in respect to the center of the mass that is is orbiting around. Could some please tell me if I am right, it would be greatly appreciated. Oh yeah, and I got the correct force which is F=12268.1N. Once again, thanks for any help provided in advance

Here's part of the problem:

1. A 5000 kg rocket orbits the earth at an altitude above the earth’s surface equal to the radius of the earth[R_earth=6.4*10^6m].

a. Calculate the force exerted on the rocket by the earth.

b. Calculate:

i. the velocity of the rocket

Here's part of the problem:

1. A 5000 kg rocket orbits the earth at an altitude above the earth’s surface equal to the radius of the earth[R_earth=6.4*10^6m].

a. Calculate the force exerted on the rocket by the earth.

b. Calculate:

i. the velocity of the rocket