Lecture Date
Lecture Topic
Tue. Feb. 1 Introduction to Celestial Mechanics
Thu. Feb. 3 Timescales & Coordinate Systems Read Chap 1,2
Tue. Feb. 8 Review of Vector Mechanics Read Chap 3
Thu. Feb. 10 Central Force Motion: Energy and Angular Momentum Read Chap 4
Tue. Feb. 15 Central Force Motion: Stability of Circular Orbits HW 1 due
Thu. Feb. 17 Central Force Motion: Gravity
Tue. Feb. 22 The Two-Body Problem: Orbital Elements HW 2 due; Read Chap 6 (you can skip 6.9-6.13) and Appendix A
Thu. Feb. 24 The Three Dimensional Orbit
Tue. Feb. 29 The Orbit in Time HW 3 due
Thu. Mar. 2 Additional Problems in 2-Body Motion
Tue. Mar. 7 The N-Body Problem HW 4 due; Read Chap 9
Thu. Mar. 9 The 3-Body Problem: Jacobi's Integral, Tisserand's Criterion Read Chap 8
Tue. Mar. 14 The 3-Body Problem: Zero Velocity Curves, Capture and Escape HW 5 due
Thu. Mar. 16 The 3-Body Problem: Lagrangian Points, Horseshoe and Tadpole Orbits
Tue. Mar. 21 Spring Break
Thu. Mar. 23 Spring Break
Tue. Mar. 28 The Lagrange Equilibrium Points HW 6 due; Read the Perturbation Handout and Part of Chap. 11
Thu. Mar. 30 Stability of the Lagrange Equilibrium Points
Tue. Apr. 4 Midterm
Thu. Apr. 6 Additional Problems in 3-Body Motion
Tue. Apr. 11 The Perturbation Equations of Celestial Mechanics HW 7 due; Further reading will be primarily from Handouts. The material will parallel Danby's Chap. 11.
Thu. Apr. 13 Drag Forces and Tidal Evolution
Tue. Apr. 18 Tidal Evolution and Planetary Oblateness HW 8 due
Thu. Apr. 20 Perturbation from a Constant Force (Radiation Pressure)
Tue. Apr. 25 Other Perturbations HW 9 due
Thu. Apr. 27 Planet-Planet Interactions: The Disturbing Function
Tue. May 2 Planetary Perturbations: Resonances HW 10 due
Thu. May 4 Planetary Perturbations: Secular Effects
Tue. May 9 Topic To Be Determined HW 11 due
Thu. May 11 Topic To Be Determined
Tue. May 16 Review for the Final
Tue. May 23 FINAL EXAM (4:00pm-6:00pm)

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