What is the relationship betweek surface gravity and excape velocity?



Equate the kinetic energy to the surface gravitational potential to get


2      G M m
1/2 m V = ---------

the escape velocity is then

2 2 G M
V = -------

where in gram-cm units G = 6.6 x 10^-8,

R is the radius of the planet in centimeters,

M is the mass of the planet in grams, and

V is the escape velocity in cm/sec.



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