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Problem of the Week: March 28th

March 28, 2012

The orbit of the earth around the sun follows a path that quite closely resembles the shape of what geometric figure defined in Kepler's law of planetary motion?

(A) cycloid

(B) hyperbolic paraboloid

(C) cardioid

(D) ellipse

The answer is (D)

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