Separation from Mass and Period

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Equation / Last modified by MichaelBartmess on 2016/12/16 01:46
Separation from Mass and Period
Variable Instructions Datatype
`Orbital Period` Period of orbit Decimal (year)
`Mass` Total mass of the system Decimal (kg)
Type
Equation
Category
vCommons
Contents
2 variables
Rating
ID
sspickle.Separation from Mass and Period
UUID
c15c1d1a-7c94-11e5-9770-bc764e2038f2

In a binary system the separation between the objects in the system depends on the mass of the system and the period of the orbit (Kepler's Third Law). This equation computes the separation given the other two values.

  • R is the separation distance between the two masses
  • M is the total mass of the system 
  • T is the period of the orbit.