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Homework Help: Satelite orbiting earth in a circular path

  1. Nov 26, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    What is the orbiting speed (m/s) of a satelite orbiting Earth in a circular path 1000 km above Earth's surface? (Use 4 sig figs)

    2. Relevant equations

    universal constant of 6.67E-11
    r of Earth 6.37E6 m (given by teacher)
    mass of earth 6E24 kg (given by teacher)

    derived v=sqrt(G*M/r)

    this is what i have read will solve this equation for me

    3. The attempt at a solution

    First I converted the 1000 km above earth to m and added that and the radiace of Earth together to get 7.67E6 m (r) then I solved for v: sqrt(6.67E-11*6E24/7.37E6)=7369 m/s

    what am I doing wrong? There is also a possiblity that the teacher is wrong, its happened before on his website
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2009
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  3. Nov 26, 2009 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi cortozld! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    (have a square-root: √ :wink:)
    You've used 7.67E6 instead of 7.37E6 …

    does that make a difference? :smile:
  4. Nov 27, 2009 #3
    that was an accidental typo, my bad. I believe its my teachers website, he's been having lots of problems with it since the year started. So unless anyone has an idea about what I'm doing wrong I'll just have to talk to him on Mon.
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