# Period of a planet orbiting the Sun

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A planet P orbiting the Sun S is acted upon by a force F= -(mu*r)/r3 (itex won’t work here for some reason :S ) per unit mass where $\mu$ is a positive constant and r is the vector $\stackrel{\rightarrow}{SP}$
If the orbit of the planet is a circle of radius a, show that the period of the planet is $\frac{2\pi a^{3/2}}{\mu ^{1/2}}$

The Earth and Mercury are orbiting the Sun.
The Earth is at a mean distance of approximately $1.5 * 10^{8}$ km from the Sun and Mercury at approximately $5.8 * 10^{7}$ km.
Given that the Earth’s period is about 365.25 days, find the period of Mercury.
2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution
Erm…. I really am not sure what to do.
I thought It would have something to do with centripetal force, and using $ω=\frac{2\pi}{t}$ but I can’t see how to use that to get the answer :S

Thanks

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