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Satellites in orbit

  1. Mar 21, 2006 #1
    i solved it. thanks to all who responded
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2006
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  3. Mar 21, 2006 #2
    shouldnt the answer be the same as the one in part a?
  4. Mar 21, 2006 #3
    Apply the energy conservation.
  5. Mar 21, 2006 #4


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    No, its speed needs to be increased at point 1 so that it matches the speed if it were in the elliptical orbit. This will then transfer it into the new elliptical orbit, or stated differently its energy need to be increased (kinetic) so that it matches the energy of the elliptical orbit at that point (the potential energy is the same at that point for both orbits).
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  6. Mar 21, 2006 #5


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    Can you show how you got that answer?
  7. Mar 21, 2006 #6
    thanks for responding guys, and i got that answer by using this formula:

    v= (sq. root) GM/(Re+h)

    part a is definately right, though
  8. Mar 21, 2006 #7


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    That looks good to me.
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