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## Homework Statement

(Assuming all circular orbits)

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Say there is a star with mass M and a planet orbiting that star with a mass m.

The star M then suddenly loses half of its mass. (So now it is M/2)

What is the new radius of orbit of the planet around the star? Warning: Velocity will not be the same!

I'm not sure how to tackle this problem. I know for sure it has to do with angular momentum

## Homework Equations

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L=Iω or r x p angular momentum

## The Attempt at a Solution

conservation of momentum for the planet

from Iωi = Iωf, I got m r

_{i}v

_{i}= m r

_{f}v

_{f}, but that doesn't really help