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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 8:39pm.

A satellite is orbiting the earth just above its surface. The centripetal force making the satellite follow a circular trajectory is just its weight, so its centripetal acceleration is about 9.81 m/s2 (the acceleration due to gravity near the earth's surface). If the earth's radius is about 6360 km, how fast must the satellite be moving? How long will it take for the satellite to complete one trip around the earth?

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