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Orbital Mechanics

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This module discusses the physics of orbital mechanics as described by Kepler’s laws and Newton’s law of gravitation. It introduces angular momentum, central forces, the trajectory and period of particles in elliptical orbits, and the properties of ellipses. The associated equations are presented, and an example in MapleSim as well as an interactive plot concerning the eccentricity of orbits is included to reinforce understanding. Keywords & Topics:
orbit, dynamics, ellipse, kepler, gravity, gravitation, newton, angular momentum, central forces, trajectory, period, eccentricity
Main Topic: Kinematics & Dynamics


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