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Difference between escape and orbital velocity law with examples


Relation between escape velocity and orbital velocity formula

What is the Escape velocity ?

“The velocity required by a body to escape from the earth’s gravitational field.”It is our daily life experience that  an object projected upward comes back to the ground after rising to a certain height.This is due to the force of gravity acting downward.With increased initial velocity,the object rises to the greater height before coming back.If we go on increasing the initial velocity of the object,a stage comes when it will not return to the ground.It will escape out of the influence of gravity.The initial velocity of an object with which it goes out of the earth’s gravitational field,is known as escape velocity.

Escape velocity formula

The escape velocity corresponds to the initial kinetic energy gained by the body,which carries it to an infinite distance from the surface of earth.formula of escape velocity

We know that the work done in lifting a body from earth’s surface to an infinite distance is equal to the increase in its potential energy:


Where M and R are the mass and radius of the earth respectively.The body will escape out of the gravitational field if the initial kinetic energy of the body is equal to the increase in potential energy of the body in lifting it up to infinity.Then

value of escape velocity

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