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published by Tom Henderson
This Physics Classroom page explains how to conceptualize the motion of a satellite in orbit as the motion of a projectile. Several diagrams illustrate the ideas in the text; one shows the force and acceleration vectors on a satellite at different places in its orbit.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Gravity
= Orbits
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Tutorial
- Reference Material
- Audio/Visual
= Image/Image Set
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- Learners
- Educators
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Physics To Go This resource was a Physics To Go feature from December 1, 2012 until December 16, 2012. View the feature here!

Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: Has a copyright or other licensing restriction.
Keywords: harmonic, interference, node, pattern, standing, wave
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created November 29, 2012 by Ed Lee
Record Updated: Nov 29, 2012 by Ed Lee
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Planetary and Satellite Motion. (n.d.). Retrieved May 18, 2024, from
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