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Calculate the Mass of The Earth


Recommendations for Integration:

It may be best to use this RWLO after discussing all disparate topics listed in the Student Learning Objectives above.

Depending on the sophistication of the students and the course, the instructor could leave out some or all of the student directions and, after a discussion of the principals involved and where to get the data, allow students to work out some or all of the mathematics on their own.



Go to the sites and copy the necessary data for students to use.

  1. For several different satellites you will need to have the
    • Satellites’ Designations
    • On-orbit Dry Masses (= m Satellite )
    • Velocities (=  v Satellite )
    • Altitudes.
  2. Other data necessary for all students are the Polar Radius of the Earth (= 6356.8 km) and the value for the Gravitational Constant given in the student directions.

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