## Kepler's Laws Calculations

##### Question 1

Jupiter takes 11.8 years to orbit the Sun. It is 5.2 AU from the Sun.

Check AnswerT = 11.8 x 11.8 = 140

R = 5.2 x 5.2 x 5.2 = 140

##### Question 2

Saturn orbits the Sun in 29.45 years. What is its orbital radius?

Check AnswerT^{2} = 29.45 x 29.45 = 867

Cube root of 867 = 9.53. r = 9.53 AU

##### Question 3

Study the image below.

a) Planet A is 3 AU from the Sun. Using Kepler's Third Law find out the time it takes to orbit the Sun.

b) Planet B takes 10 years to orbit the Sun, Find out the distance from the Sun.

Check Answer

A)

3^{2} = 9

9 cube root = 2.08

B)

Square Root of 10 = 3.16

Distance = 3.16^{3} =31.5

###### Summary

- Planets move in elliptical orbits around the Sun.
- Planets move faster the nearer they are to the Sun.
- There is a relationship between the distance of a planet and the time it takes to orbit the Sun.

Note: Incidentally some astronomers, textbooks and websites uses "P" for Period rather than "T" for Time. Don't worry if you see this being used elsewhere