Physical description 
xi, 250 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]246) and index. 
Contents 
1. Background  2. The TwoBody Problem  3. Kepler's Laws  4. Methods of Computation  5. The f and g Functions  6. TwoPoint Boundary Value Problems  7. Applications  8. Perturbation Theory  9. Special Perturbation Methods  10. RungeKutta Methods  11. Types of Perturbations  A. Coordinate Transformations  B. Hyperbolic Motion  C. Conic Sections  D. TransferAngle Resolution  E. Stumpff Functions  F. Orbit Geometry. 
Summary 
Newton's laws of motion and his universal law of gravitation described mathematically the motion of two bodies undergoing mutual gravitational attraction. However, it is impossible to solve analytically the equation of motion for three gravitationally interacting bodies. This book discusses some techniques used to obtain numerical solutions of the equations of motion for planets and satellites, which are of fundamental importance to solarsystem dynamicists and to those involved in planning the orbits of artificial satellites. The first part introduces the classical twobody problem and solves it by rigorously developing the six integrals of the motion, starting from Newton's three laws of motion and his law of gravitation and then using vector algebra to develop the integrals. The various forms of the solution flow naturally from the integrals. In the second part, several modern perturbation techniques are developed and applied to cases of practical importance. For example, the perturbed twobody problem for an oblate planet or for a nonsymmetric rotating planet is considered, as is the effect of drag on a satellite. The twobody problem is regularized, and the nonlinear differential equation is thereby transformed to a linear one by further embedding several of the integrals. Finally, a brief sketch of numerical methods is given, as the perturbation equations must be solved by numerical rather than by analytical methods. 
Other author 
Allman, Mark C., 1958

Subject 
Astrodynamics.

ISBN 
0691044597 (cloth : alk. paper) 

9780691044590 (cloth : alk. paper) 
