Orbits and Energy

Orbits and Energy - The velocity of the satellite can be...

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Orbits and Energy Suppose a satellite of mass m is in orbit around the earth (mass M). The radius of the orbit is given to be r. The kinetic and potential energy of the satellite can be easily expressed in terms of r. The potential energy of the satellite is given by
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Unformatted text preview: The velocity of the satellite can be found by requiring that the magnitude of the gravitational force is equal to the centripetal force: The kinetic energy can therefore given by The total mechanical energy can now be calculated...
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