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Problem 12.3: Determine the mass of the orbiting planets
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Two planets orbit a star (red), whose mass is M = 7 x 1025 kg as shown in the animation (position is given in 106 km and time is given in Earth years). Restart.
- What is the net force on the central star? Write an expression, not a numerical answer.
- What is the net force on each planet? Write an expression, not a numerical answer.
- Determine the mass of the orbiting planets.