Posted by Calitryphosa on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:37am.
Starting from Newton’s law of universal gravitation, show how to find the speed of the moon in its orbit from the earthmoon distance of 3.9 × 108 m and the earth’s mass. Assume the orbit is a circle.

Physics  drwls, Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:46am
Let V be the velocity. Assume the earth's velocity is much larger and that the moon goes around the Earth at the center. Actually, both revolve about the center of mass of the pair, at a speed that depends upon the sum of the masses.
Let M be the Earth's mass.
R = 3.9*10^8 m
G = universal constant of gravity
GM/R^2 = V^2/R
Solve for V
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