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In this coursework I am going to investigate the relationship between the orbital period and the distance of the planet from the sun. Assume that this relationship is a power law of the form: T = KR^n

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Introduction

Zahra Balal        A/S Use of Maths        

Planetary Motion

Introduction:

The German astronomer Johann Kepler studied the relative motion of the planets and discovered a relationship between their orbital periods and their means distance from the sun

Aim:

In this coursework I am going to investigate the relationship between the orbital period and the distance of the planet from the sun.

Assume that this relationship is a power law of the form:

T = KR^n

T = the time for full cycle around the sun.

R = Mean distance of the planet from the sun.

K and N are constant.

K = is the gradient

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Middle

Saturn

1427

3.154423973

10753

4.031529646

Uranus

2870

3.457881997

30660

4.486572151

Neptune

4497

3.652922888

60150

4.779235632

Pluto

5907

3.771366971

90670

4.957463616

After calculating the all of the logs I have insert them into excel spreadsheet and displayed the equation of the line.

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Now that you have the equation y = 1.5001x – 0.7003

I will transfer it to T = KR^n

1.5001 is the gradient, which is n

-0.7003 is the y intercept (c), which is log K but you should

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Conclusion

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2870

30680.93802

30660

4497

60179.6453

60150

5907

90599.87385

90670

Percentage error:

((Actual data -Model) /Actual Data)*100

((88-88.10860661)/88)*100

Model

T

T = 10^-0.7003 x (R)^1.5001

Actual Data

Predicted Error

88

88

0%

224

225

0.444444444%

366

365

0.273972603%

687

687

0%

4330

4329

0.023100023%

10756

10753

0.027899191%

30681

30660

0.068493151%

60180

60150

0.049875312%

90600

90670

0.077203044%

Conclusion:

After doing the above course work I have found out that, I have achieved many things and I can list them as:

  • Calculating the logs of R and T
  • Drawing graph by using the result from R and T logs
  • Determining an accurate linear equation of logs (both R and T)
  • Rearranging log k= 0.7003 into 10^-0.7003 then putting it into the equation of T= kR so it will look like: T= 10^-0.7003* (R) ^1.5001.
  • Applying the rules 1 and 3 to rearrange the equation T= KR
  • Determining the correct equation for the line T= 10^-0.7003*(R ^1.5001)

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