Satellites and applied calculus
Name: steve d mcphee
Date: Around 1995
I am looking for resources relating to satellites and the use of calculus.
I am in a first year calculus class so I am hoping to be able to find so
fairly basic information. Any help or a point in the right direction would
be greatly appreciated.
I usually see some fairly basic problems related to orbits of planets (and
satellites operate similarly) introduced in calculus books when vector
functions are discussed. For example, see Ch. 14 in Zill(3e), Calculus from
PWS-Kent (Now ITP?). More is often done after multi-variate calculus is
studied, including problems with multistage rockets (in Zill). If you find
Kepler and/or Newton in the index, there is good chance for some material
related to your question.
Also, look up conic sections and central forces in physics texts. As a
possible source find Analytical Mechanics by Fowles and Cassidy and look up
ch. 6. It is complicated as it involves vector algebra and calculus, but it
will deal with satellite motion.
nick p drozdoff
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