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Homework Help: What must the Dimensions of G be for this equation to be dimensionally correct?

  1. Oct 15, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    "An object from the surface of the Earth with the escape speed ve can move infinitely far from the Earth. The escape speed is independent of the mass that is trying to escape and only depends on G, the gravitational constant, ME the mass of the Earth, and RE the radius of the Earth.

    a.) What must be the dimensions of G be for this equation to be dimensionally correct?

    b.) Given your units for G in part (a), what must the values of a and b be for the equation for T, the period of a planet around the Sun, below to be dimensionally correct?
    T = 2*π*G^(-1/2)*M^a*r^b

    Here M is the mass of the Sun and r the distance the planet is from the sun. The power of G is already given at -1/2.

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    None. This "class" consists of a "textbook" that contains only physics problems and no explanations as to how to do them, and "lessons" that consist only of the teacher writing problems on a white board and us having to solve them in class. I need a full lesson on how to do this, but am clueless as to where to find it, or even what to look for. I'm not even sure what the question is asking.
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  3. Oct 15, 2011 #2


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    What's the first equation the problem is referring to?
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