• Support PF! Buy your school textbooks, materials and every day products via PF Here!

Satellites in Circular Orbits

  • Thread starter Whotto
  • Start date
16
0
1. Homework Statement

#1
A satellite is in a circular orbit around an unknown planet/ The satellite has a speed of 1.70 x 104 m/s, and the radius of the orbit is 5.25 x 106 m. A second satellite also has a circular orbit around this same planet. The orbit of this second satellite has a radius of 8.60 x 10^6 m. What is the orbital speed of the second satellite.

#2
The moon orbits the Earth at a distance of 3.85 x 108 m. Assume that this distance is between the centers of the Earth and the moon and that the mass of the Earth is 5.98 x 1024 kg. Find the period for the moon's motion around the Earth. Express the answer in days and compare it to the length of a month.

2. Homework Equations

I have no clue. Maybe this?

v = sqrt(GM/r)

F = G (m1m2/r2)

a = v2 / r

a = 4pi2r / T2

3. The Attempt at a Solution

# 1: Well, I know there is something that the two satellites could be compared to, but I can't figure what. I tried a futile stab at the question by using v12 / r = v22 / r but that didn't give me the right answer.

The answer at the back of the book is 1.3 x 104 m/s.

# 2: I don't even know how to get started on this question...I know I have radius and mass of the Earth, and I need to find the period.

Any help towards these questions would be greatly appreciated!
 
34
0
[tex]v = \frac{2{\pi}r}{T}[/tex]

Should help you in the second part if you equate it to another equation with known variables.
 
1,743
50
Start with Kepler's 3rd law.
 
16
0
Thanks! I got #2 with the formula T = ( 2 pi r3/2 ) / sqrt(GMe).


But I still don't get #1. Can I get some more pointers?
 

Related Threads for: Satellites in Circular Orbits

  • Posted
Replies
5
Views
2K
  • Posted
Replies
4
Views
7K
  • Posted
Replies
2
Views
6K
  • Posted
Replies
1
Views
3K
Replies
3
Views
2K

Physics Forums Values

We Value Quality
• Topics based on mainstream science
• Proper English grammar and spelling
We Value Civility
• Positive and compassionate attitudes
• Patience while debating
We Value Productivity
• Disciplined to remain on-topic
• Recognition of own weaknesses
• Solo and co-op problem solving
Top