# Rearranging of formulas

## Homework Statement

(i)
Combine Equations A and B to give a single equation for v and substitute this in place of v in Equation C.
(ii)
Rearrange your answer to part (i) to make r the subject of the equation.

## Homework Equations

Equation A
z = Δλ/λ0

Equation B
v = zc

For a planet such as the one orbiting Gliese, the speed v is linked to the mass of the star M and the planet’s orbital radius, by Equation C:

Equation C
v2 = GM/r

G is Newton’s universal constant of gravitation.

## The Attempt at a Solution

(i) v = (Δλ/λ0)c -> (Δλ/λ0)c2 = GM/r
(ii) this is where I'm not sure, is the above correct? I always get roots confused.

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Ouabache
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Are you sure about your result for $v^2$ in equ. (i)?
It looks like you only squared part of your expression for $v$.

((Δλ/λ0)c)2 = GM/r

Ouabache
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That looks good to me, now they ask you to rearrange your expression
to make r the subject of the equation. Shall we interpret this to mean solving for r ?

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((Δλ/λ0)c)2 = GM/r

So do I multiply the r to both sides now or remove the root?

(Δλ/λ0)c = √(GM/r) or ((Δλ/λ0)c)2/r = GM

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Ouabache
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what are you solving for? that will help you decide which direction to take.

I'm trying to make r the subject.

((Δλ/λ0)c)2/r = GM

r = ((Δλ/λ0)c)2xGM

Ouabache
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Your algebra doesn't look quite right.
To this expression: ((Δλ/λ0)c)2 = GM/r

are you sure you multiplied both sides by r ??

((Δλ/λ0)c)2 = GM/r

((Δλ/λ0)c)2 x r = GM

totally not sure

Ouabache
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Looks good, you're almost there now.

so then:

r = GM/((Δλ/λ0)c)2

Ouabache
well done 