Summary: Queen Mary
UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
ASTM001 Solar System Duration 3h
10 May 2004 10.00 13.00
Calculators are NOT permitted in this examination. The unauthorised use of a cal-
culator constitutes an examination offence.
You may attempt as many questions as you wish and all questions carry equal marks.
Except for the award of a bare pass, only the best THREE questions answered will be
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1. Two objects of mass m1 and m2 move under their mutual gravitational attraction.
The equation of motion defining the variation of the position vector r of the mass m2
with respect to the mass m1 is
¨r + G(m1 + m2)
where G is the universal gravitational constant.