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AP Physics (circular motion)

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The moon revolves about the Earth in a trajectory that is very nearly a circle of radius r = 384,401 km, and requires 27.3 days (23.4 x 10^5 seconds) to make a complete revolution. What is the acceleration of the moon toward the Earth?

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    centripetal acceleration = V^2/R

    You need to express the moon's velocity V in meters per second when you do the calculation, so that the answer will be in m/s^2. The orbital radius r needs to be in meters.

    r = 3.844*10^8 m
    V = 2 pi r/(23.4*10^5 s)= 1.032*10^3 m/s

    Now finish the calculation

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