Velocity for a circular orbit:
m is the mass of a planet, M, the mass of the sun, R, the radius of the orbit, T, the time take to cover one revolution.
For the planet to remain in a uniform circular orbit, the gravitational force must equal the expression for centripetal force.
Find an expression for the square of the orbital period.
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