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Revolutions and acceleration

  1. Oct 7, 2008 #1
    i am comlpetely stuck on this problem

    Two satellites are in circular orbits around Jupiter. One, with orbital radius r, makes one revolution every 16 h. The other satellite has orbital radius 4.0r. How long does the second satellite take to make one revolution around Jupiter?

    any help please?
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  3. Oct 7, 2008 #2


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  4. Oct 7, 2008 #3
    well i don't know how to find the height but for the acceleration i know if

    G= 6.67*10^-11
    M= 5.97*10^24

    then V=sqrt((GM/r)

    but my solutions don't seem to be working
  5. Oct 7, 2008 #4


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    You're on the right lines, but not quite there yet. I'll offer you a few hints in the right direction.

    [tex]a_c = \omega^2 r[/tex]

    [tex]\omega = \frac{2\pi}{T}[/tex]

    Where T is the orbital period.
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