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Classical Mechanics - Lecture 22

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Lecture 22 - Kepler's Laws

Kepler's Laws, Elliptical Orbits, Change of Orbits, and the famous passing of a Ham Sandwich. Kepler's three Laws summarize the motion of the planets in our solar system. Following Newton's law of universal gravitation, the conservation of angular momentum and mechanical energy allow us to calculate the semimajor axis of the elliptical orbits, the orbital period and other orbital parameters. All we have to know is one position and the associated velocity of a planet and the entire orbit follows.

Prof. Walter Lewin
8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 1999
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
Date accessed: 2008-12-12
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Lecture Material

Supplementary lecture material is listed below.

1. Notes on Kepler Orbits
2. Computer Demonstrations
To Catch or not to Catch! Tossing a Sandwich - Peter and Mary in Orbit
3. Data used by Kepler (1618)



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