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Homework Statement
In part A I know that I must use L = mu*Sqrt[GMa(1-e^2)], but for the variable 'a' do I use the semi-major axis of jupiter or the semi-major axis of the reduced mass?
This is wrong. The question is rather explicitly asking the student to consider the problem of a non-circular orbit of an object with enough mass that the simplistic Keplerian approach is no longer valid.I don't know how you got that equation. This question does not require reduced mass concept. The Sun is stationary and Jupiter revolves around it.
How do you know that that is the equation you need to use?In part A I know that I must use L = mu*Sqrt[GMa(1-e^2)], but for the variable 'a' do I use the semi-major axis of jupiter or the semi-major axis of the reduced mass?
This is wrong. The question is rather explicitly asking the student to consider the problem of a non-circular orbit of an object with enough mass that the simplistic Keplerian approach is no longer valid.
Yes,there is. You can't average the the radius and then assume as you said that "T=2(pi)r/v".Can you explain me what is wrong?
Is there any problem with averaging the radius?
Yes, they do.Does the Sun + Jupiter revolve around their common centre of mass?