Event Title

Calculus in Space: Newton, Kepler, and the Bloody Great Circles in the Sky

Location

CoLab, OCB 100

Start Date

27-4-2018 10:30 AM

Document Type

Poster

Description

Orbits are, by and large, elliptical (even circular orbits are elliptical). Using Kepler and Newton, we can fairly quickly find a parameterized curve to describe an orbit, determine r, v, and a vectors. Using this information, we can describe the position of an object relative to the lowest, fastest point in orbit, and then discuss the techniques used to rendezvous with that object.

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The faculty supervisor for this project was Lauren Jacobs, Mathematics.

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Apr 27th, 10:30 AM

Calculus in Space: Newton, Kepler, and the Bloody Great Circles in the Sky

CoLab, OCB 100

Orbits are, by and large, elliptical (even circular orbits are elliptical). Using Kepler and Newton, we can fairly quickly find a parameterized curve to describe an orbit, determine r, v, and a vectors. Using this information, we can describe the position of an object relative to the lowest, fastest point in orbit, and then discuss the techniques used to rendezvous with that object.