Lecture Date
Lecture Topic
Thu. Aug. 31 Introduction to Celestial Mechanics
Tue. Sep. 5 Spherical Trigonometry Read Chap. 1,2
Thu. Sep. 7 Review of Vector Mechanics Read Chap. 3
Tue. Sep. 12 Central Force Motion: Energy and Angular Momentum Read Chap. 4
Thu. Sep. 14 Central Force Motion: Stability of Circular Orbits HW 1 due
Tue. Sep. 19 Central Force Motion: Gravity Read Chap. 6 and Appendix A
(you can skip 6.9-6.13)
Thu. Sep. 21 Central Force Motion: General Relativity HW 2 due
Tue. Sep. 26 The Two-Body Problem: Orbital Elements
Thu. Sep. 28 The Three Dimensional Orbit HW 3 due
Tue. Oct. 3 The Orbit in Time
Thu. Oct. 5 Additional Problems in 2-Body Motion HW 4 due
Thu. Oct. 12 MIDTERM
Tue. Oct. 17 The N-Body Problem Read Chap. 9
Thu. Oct. 19 The 3-Body Problem: Jacobi's Integral, Tisserand's Criterion HW 5 due; Read Chap. 8
Tue. Oct. 24 The 3-Body Problem: Zero Velocity Curves, Capture and Escape
Thu. Oct. 26 The 3-Body Problem: Lagrangian Points, Horseshoe and Tadpole Orbits HW 6 due
Tue. Oct. 31 The Lagrange Equilibrium Points: Existence and Stability
Thu. Nov. 2 MIDTERM
Tue. Nov. 7 Additional Problems in 3-Body Motion
Thu. Nov. 9 The Perturbation Equations of Celestial Mechanics HW 7 due; Further reading will be primarily from Handouts. The material will parallel Danby's Chap. 11.
Tue. Nov. 14 Drag Forces and Tidal Evolution
Thu. Nov. 16 Tidal Evolution and Planetary Oblateness HW 8 due
Tue. Nov. 21 Other Perturbations
Tue. Nov. 28 Planet-Planet Interactions: The Disturbing Function
Thu. Nov. 30 Planetary Perturbations: Resonances HW 9 due
Tue. Dec. 5 Planetary Perturbations: Secular Effects
Thu. Dec. 7 TBD HW 10 due
Tue. Dec. 12 TBD
Wed. Dec. 20 FINAL EXAM (10:30am-12:30pm)

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