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    Team Number: 041

    School Name: Gallup High

    Area of Science: Physics

    Project Title: The Orbital Status of a Mass

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In outer space, given a mass, its velocity, and its closest approach to anotehr object, we will determine its orbital status - decaying, stable or escape.

The gravitational force F that a body exerts on a unit mass with R as the radius of the body, G as the universal gravitational constant, M as the mass of the body and D is in the distance of the unit mass from the center of the body relates as shown here:

F = GMD for O < D < R and F = GM for D>= R

Using this equaion and others, we will write a program that will calculate these values upon the input of these variables and simulate it graphically over a set period of time.

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