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Classical Mechanics Level 4

Calculate the work that is done in Joules in launching a satellite of mass 1000 kg into an orbit above the Earth, at an elevation equal to the radius of the Earth?

Details and Assumptions

  • Earth’s mass = \(6\times 10^{24}\) kg
  • Earth’s radius = \(6.4 \times 10^6\) m
  • You may assume that all the work applied to the satellite is transformed into potential energy.

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