# Physics Question?

A satellite is orbiting the earth at an altitude where the gravitational acceleration is 8.7 m/s^2. What is the orbital speed?

### 4 Answers

- oldschoolLv 72 months ago
Re = 6,371,000 m

GMe/Re² = 9.8 and GMe/r² = 8.7 and GMe/8.7 = 9.8Re²/8.7 = r²

Re*√(9.8/8.7) = r = 6,761,780 m

mV²/r = m*8.7 and V² = 8.7*r = 8.7*6,761,780 = (7670m/s)²

V = 7670m/s

- SlowfingerLv 62 months ago
Gravitational acceleration on the surface of the Earth

g₀ = 9.80 m/s²

radius of Earth

r₀ = 6371 km = 6.371x10⁶ m

Because

g₀ = GM/r₀²

g = GM/r²

dividing the two

g₀ / g = r² / r₀²

r = r₀ √(g₀ / g)

r = 6371 √(9.80 / 8.7) = 6762 km

When r is known, equalize gravitational and centripetal acceleration

g = v² / r

v = √(g r) = √(8.7 * 6.762x10⁶ ) = 7670 m/s

- Anonymous2 months ago
a = v^2 / r

then

v^2 = a r

also

a = g (R / r)^2

then

r = R (g / a)^1/2

v^2 = R (a g)^1/2 = 6,37x10^6*(8,7*9,8)^1/2 = 5,88x10^7 m^2/s^2

v = 7,67x10^3 m/s

- billrussell42Lv 72 months ago
first find height above center of earth

F = G m₁m₂/r²

F/m = g = GM/r² = 8.7

r² = GM/8.7

r = √(GM/8.7) = 6.76e6 m

(only 390 km above the surface)

V = √(GM/R)

V = √(3.98e14/6.76e6)

V = 7670 m/s

Satellite motion, circularV = √(GM/R)T = 2π√[R³/GM] T is period of satellite in sec V = velocity in m/s G = 6.673e-11 Nm²/kg² M is mass of central body in kg R is radius of orbit in m

earth mass M 5.974e24 kg

earth radius 6,371 km = 6.37e6 meters

Gravitational attraction in newtons

F = G m₁m₂/r²

G = 6.674e-11 m³/kgs²

m₁ and m₂ are the masses of the two objects in kg

r is the distance in meters between their centers