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Subject: Escape Velocity Equation

Date: Thu Apr 4 11:02:51 1996
Posted by: E. J. Potocki
Grade level: 10-12
School/Organization: Corry Area High School
City: Corry State/Province: PA
Country: USA
Area of science: Physics
I've been struggling with this equation for quite some time and have not yet found an answer.

The escape velocity for any planet is  equal to 1.4 times the critical velocity.  Where does the 1.4 come from?

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