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Unformatted text preview: History of the Universe Name : Lab#: 1 Title: Estimate the mass of planets History of the Universe Problem: The aim of this lab is to estimate the mass of other planets. The period and distance of the planets are given and the mass is found by using Keplers Third Law. Summary of procedures and observations: This lab required one to make use of Keplers Third Law, which is defined as: m = 4 2 d 3 GT 2 In order to make use of this formula the period of the given planet had to be converted from days into seconds, which was done the following way: days 24 60 60 = sec onds First the days were converted from days into hours by multiplying the numbers of days by 24. Then the hours were converted into minutes by multiplying by 60. Lastly the minutes were converted from minutes into seconds by multiplying by 60 again. Also the distance had to be converted from kilometers into meters in order to use Keplers Third Law. This was done the following way: km 1000 = meters The distance of the given planets was multiplied by a factor of 1000, in order to convert kilometers into meters....
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