Gravitational Potential Energy in General

• Apr 19th 2008, 07:39 PM
Jeavus
Gravitational Potential Energy in General
"The Moon (m=7.35x10^22 kg) is a natural satellite of Earth (m=5.98x10^24 kg), which has an average distance from Earth's centre of 3.85x10^8 m.

What is the Moon's kinetic energy and speed while in orbit around Earth?"

I've solved for the Moon's kinetic energy (found it to be 3.82x10^28 J) which got the same answer for in the book.

How do I solve for the speed while in orbit? The book gives the answer 1.02x10^3 m/s.

Any help is appreciated.
• Apr 19th 2008, 07:44 PM
Mathstud28
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Originally Posted by Jeavus
"The Moon (m=7.35x10^22 kg) is a natural satellite of Earth (m=5.98x10^24 kg), which has an average distance from Earth's centre of 3.85x10^8 m.

What is the Moon's kinetic energy and speed while in orbit around Earth?"

I've solved for the Moon's kinetic energy (found it to be 3.82x10^28 J) which got the same answer for in the book.

How do I solve for the speed while in orbit? The book gives the answer 1.02x10^3 m/s.

Any help is appreciated.

$Ke=\frac{1}{2}mv^2$ where m and v are the usual mass and velocity..imput your values solve for v