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

Zero, a hypothetical planet, has a mass of 1.0x10^23 kg, a radius of 3.0x10^6 m, and no atmosphere. A 10 kg space probe is to be launched vertically from its surface.

(a) If the probe is launched with an initial kinetic energy of 5.0x10^7 J, what will be its kinetic energy when it is 4.0x10^6 m from the center of Zero?

2. Relevant equations

(1/2)mv^2 - (GMm/R)=(1/2)mv^2 - (GMm)/(10R)

3. The attempt at a solution

5.0e7 - [(6.67e-11)(1e23)(10)]/(3e6)= KE - [(6.67e-11)(1e23)(10)]/(10(4e6)]

I don't think that I am using the right values for R though. Am I???

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