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jakeginobi

## Homework Statement

Why does a satellite that has a 40.0kg mass in its 177km orbit has a total energy larger than its 144 km orbit?

## Homework Equations

Ep = -GMm/r, Et = -GMm/2r

## The Attempt at a Solution

I figured from using the Et equation, the greater the radius the bigger the value, but I don't know how to explain it in terms of potential energy and kinetic energy. Also its path is a circular orbit and there's friction involved