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Calculate the Mass of The Earth

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By Michael Dorneman
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Mercer County Community College
Trenton, NJ

Students will use real time data of a satellite’s motion and that satellite’s mass to:
              1) calculate the mass of the Earth
              2) calculate the weight of a satellite in orbit around the Earth

              3) calculate the weight of the Earth
                            (Note: The weight of the Earth is not the same as its mass.)