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If is sweeps out equal areas in equal times, does it travel faster or slower when far from the Sun?

If is sweeps out equal areas in equal times, does it travel faster or slower when far from the Sun?

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If is sweeps out equal areas in equal times, does it travel faster or slower when far from the Sun?

If is sweeps out equal areas in equal times, does it travel faster or slower when far from the Sun?

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Keplers Third Law

Keplers Third Law

Period of a planet, P

Average distance from the Sun (semimajor axis of ellipse), R

P2/R3 = 4p2/(G(m1+m2))

Approximately, P2earth/R3earth = P2planet/R3planet

Sometimes we use Earth-years and Earth-distance to the Sun (1 A.U.) as units.

The constant of proportionality depends on the mass of the Sun--and thats how we know the mass of the Sun.

We can apply this to moons (or any satellite) orbiting a planet, and then the constant of proportionality depends on the mass of the planet.

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Practice

Practice

While gazing at the planets that are visible with the naked eye, you tell a friend that the farther a planet is from the Sun, the longer its solar year is. Your friend first asks what a solar year is. After explaining that its the time required for a planet to return to its same position relative to the Sun, your friend then asks, Why does it take longer for the outermost planets to orbit the Sun? What is your reply?

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Practice

Practice

What is the best method for determining the mass of Astronomical objects?

Keplers Third Law

For distant stars, this doesnt work very well. Fortunately, there is a relationship between mass and brightness that will help us out.

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Newtons laws of motion

Newtons laws of motion

Newtons first law

an object will have a constant velocity (constant speed, moving in a straight line) unless a net force acts on it

Newtons second law

the acceleration of an object is proportional to the net force on the object divided by its mass

Newtons third law

if object A exerts a force on object B, B exerts a force of equal magnitude back on A

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Newtons law of gravitation

Newtons law of gravitation

mass attracts mass

the magnitude of the force of attraction is proportional to the product of their masses and the inverse of the square of the distance between them

mA

mB

ForceB on A

ForceA on B

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Gravitational force and distance

Gravitational force and distance

If the bodies are twice as far apart, the gravitational force of each body on the other is 1/4 of their previous values.

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