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matheson

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im doing an investigation into the accuracy of the "inverse square law" (any two particles with experience a mutually attractive force yadda yadda yadda)

anyway, we have to find various informaiton about the planents. (orbital velocities, centripetal accelerations, etc.)

my problem is: when calculating centripetal acceleration (using A = v^2/r), i got really small values, which doesn't seem right.

in the end, i couldn't get the inverse square law to match up (by comparing distances form the sun and using that ratio, inverting and squaring it, you should end up with the force of the planet having the ratio applied to it, if that makes sense).

SO basically id just like to know what the centripetal acceleration should be ( i used average values for radius and velocity, seing as planets revolve in an ecliptic manner), or if those values seem right, why doesn't the inverse square law match up with the calculated forces?