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The world should revolve around me

by Alicia
(Sydney, Australia)

The World Should Revolve Around Me

The World Should Revolve Around Me

I'm doing a maths investigation at the moment and I'm looking at how the speed of one complete rotation around the sun differs for each planet. I was wondering if you would be able to give me the formula in which you need figure this out?

Barry's Response - Good question, Alicia:

It depends on what you already know about them. If you have the planet's year length, in days for instance, and the average distance from the sun, in km. It would go something like this.

Speed = (approximately) pi (3.1415926) x distance from the sun (kilometres) x 2 divided by the number of days.

This will give a pretty good estimate in km per day. Divide by 24 for km per hour OR 86400 to get km per second. If you prefer miles, you can then divide the result by 1.609

It becomes more complicated if you consider the fact that these orbits are not perfect circles. But you probably don't need to worry about that for this exercise. This method gives a good estimate for average speed.

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This might help
by: case

It is mainly based on the radius of the orbit at which the planet is revolving around the sun. And it also depends on the gravity influence and the planet’s own magnetic influence which affects the rotation of the planet.

Great Formula!
by: Anonymous

This solution is very accurate and to the point!

by: Anonymous

Very interesting. I learned a lot. I really enjoy these articles and reading them.

Excellent article!
by: Anonymous

This is some food for thought Barry! Enjoyed reading it!

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