Problem # p033
Conservation of Angular Momentum
The path of a particular satellite is an ellipse given in polar coordinates by the equation :
Because the force of gravity onto the satellite is directed towards earth the angular momentum of the satellite is
for Θ = 0 and for Θ = π .
When Θ=0 the velocity of the satellite has been measured to be 2000 m/s.
Determine the velocity when Θ = π using the fact that angular momentum is conserved.