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Homework Help: Physics

Posted by Adrianne on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 7:53pm.

You observe an arti cial satellite orbiting the earth and estimate it is at
an altitude h = [03] km above the earth's surface and has a mass
m = 3500 kg. You wish to calculate when the satellite will be back in the same position. From the second law of
motion and the gravitational force law, calculate the following:
(a) What is the satellite's velocity? (m/s)
(b) What is the period of the satellite's motion?

The only force acting on the satellite is the force of gravity (Fg) right? So by combining the two laws I have Fg = ma. I solved for Fg, but I need some pointers on where to go from there.

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