   Chapter 10.1, Problem 73E

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# Orbit of Earth Earth moves in an elliptical orbit with the sun at one of the foci. The length of half of the major axis is 149,598,000 kilometers, and the eccentricity is 0.0167. Find the minimum distance (perihelion) and the maximum distance (aphelion) of Earth from the sun.

To determine

To calculate: The maximum distance and minimum distance from the sun.

Explanation

Given: Theearth moves in an elliptical orbit with the sun in one of its foci, the length of half of its major axis is 149,598,000 km, and eccentricity is 0.0167.

Calculation:

The minimum distance (of perihelion) is given by the shortest distance when the earth comes nearest to the sun

i.e...

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