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A orbiting satellite stays over a certain spot on the equator of (rotating) Earth. What is the altitude of the orbit (called a "synchronous orbit")?

Write the equation for the period of a satellite in terms of the distance from the Earth's center. It is a special form of Kepler's Third law. Then set the period equal to 24 hours and solve for the distance from the center. Subtract the Earth's radius to get the altitude.

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