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Tethered satellites (Posted on 2005-04-13) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Two identical spheres are connected by an elastic tether. The tether obeys Hooke's Law for ideal springs. At a particular moment in time, the tether is in a straight line, at its resting length, neither stretching nor contracting. This assembly is then placed into a circular orbit around the Earth, and oriented so that a line drawn from one sphere through the tether and the other sphere points directly at the Earth.

Give a qualitative description of the motion of the two spheres relative to each other over time.

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  Subject Author Date
my answerJud2005-08-11 12:35:06
SolutionNo SubjectJason Taylor2005-08-01 02:23:07
Interesting sitesHugo2005-04-14 15:22:22
Some ThoughtsNo strings attached.Leming2005-04-14 01:48:25
re(2): more thoughtsajosin2005-04-13 23:06:57
A naive guess.ajosin2005-04-13 23:00:42
re: more thoughtsEric2005-04-13 22:59:39
more thoughtsCharlie2005-04-13 22:42:39
Difficulty 5+++?Hugo2005-04-13 21:29:15
re(2): Just a guessHugo2005-04-13 19:51:45
re: Just a guessCharlie2005-04-13 19:32:24
Some ThoughtsA startCharlie2005-04-13 19:29:35
Just a guessJer2005-04-13 19:28:16
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