Problem: The potential energy U of an object of mass m that is separated by a distance R from an object of mass M is given by U= -GMm/RWhat is the kinetic energy K of the satellite?Express your answer in terms of the potential energy. 

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Gravitational Force:

F=GM1M2R2

Centripetal Force:

F=mv2R

Kinetic energy:

KE=12mv2

M1 = M

M= m

-U = (GMm/R)

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The potential energy U of an object of mass m that is separated by a distance R from an object of mass M is given by U= -GMm/R

What is the kinetic energy K of the satellite?
Express your answer in terms of the potential energy. 



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