KEPLER’S ORBITAL MOTION EXAMINED IN COMPARISON WITH THE METHODS OF MECHANICS DEVELOPED BY STANESCU AND TABACU
A new method developed by Stanescu and Tabacu to study the mechanics of a particle moving along a definite curve is compared with the well-known approach applied in calculating the Kepler’s orbital motion. A particular effect of the rate of change of the kinetic energy of a body with respect to the change of a parameter defining the body position on the orbit is examined as an example.
A comparison of the two methods shows only a slight numerical difference between the results of the Stanescu-Tabacu method and the traditional formalism. The components of the body acceleration are calculated along the orbit as an application of the new approach.
Keywords:Kepler’s orbital motion, mechanics by Stanescu and Tabacu, conventional classical mechanics
- Vol. 16 No. 3-4 (2012)
- Research article
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