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What is the comet's speed at the midpoint?

  1. Nov 23, 2006 #1
    A binary star system has two stars, each with the same mass as our sun, separated by 1.10×1012 . A comet is very far away and essentially at rest. Slowly but surely, gravity pulls the comet toward the stars. Suppose the comet travels along a straight line that passes through the midpoint between the two stars.

    My question is "What is the comet's speed at the midpoint?"

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  3. Nov 23, 2006 #2

    Hootenanny

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    And what is your question?
     
  4. Nov 23, 2006 #3

    sorry forget to post my question....

    What is the comet's speed at the midpoint?

    Thank you
     
  5. Nov 24, 2006 #4

    Hootenanny

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    HINT: Conservation of energy.
     
  6. Nov 25, 2006 #5
    “While we teach, we learn.” - Seneca
    This cant be true!
     
  7. Nov 25, 2006 #6

    Hootenanny

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    And why not? :cool:
     
  8. Nov 25, 2006 #7
    No hard feelings sir :biggrin: but one really cant teach anybody if he tries to learn while he teaches. He must be perfect in his own sense.
     
  9. Nov 25, 2006 #8

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    ritwik, please do not derail a homework thread. If you wish to have a conversation about a member's signature, please do so privately using the PM option.
     
  10. Nov 25, 2006 #9
    I am awfully sorry!!
     
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