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Name: steve d mcphee
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Date: Around 1995


Question:
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.


Replies:
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.

tee


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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