Matter & Interactions 2nd ed. Practice Problems
Aaron Titus | High Point University
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1360001     A comet orbiting Sun     1360001
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A comet of mass orbits Sun which has a mass . Use the following constants and initial conditions for the comet in your calculations.

Assume that Sun remains stationary during the orbit (i.e. it does not "wobble").

  1. What is the position and momentum of the comet at t = 30 days.
  2. What is the period of the comet's orbit?
  3. What is the position of the comet at aphelion (the point in its orbit when it is furthest from Sun.