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#1 Jwake2

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:39 AM

Does anyone know of an Orbital Mechanics software (stand alone - non internet) I might use for academic purposes. I'm looking to teach students the cause & effects of orbital variables.
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:48 PM

I don't know if Orbiter http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/ would be useful.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:53 PM

You might try CLEA

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:22 PM

Actually there is plenty of stuff.

Take a look here:
http://astrotips.com...1[]=1265&amp...


Namely on the free to use side:

BoPlanets
Celestia
ChView
Computer-based Astronomy labs
DeepSail
exoExplorer
G-LenS
Galactic Viewer
GalaSimu
Galaxy Collisions
Galaxy Collisions Simulation
Globular Cluster
Gravitational Lensing
Gravity 6
Newton
Orbiter
OrbPlan
ORSA
Planetary Apprentice
Planets
Practices on Observational Astronomy
Solar System
Solar System 3D Simulator
Solar System Simulator Studio
Terra et Caelum
The Solar System Discovery Kit
WorldWide Telescope

and a few more...

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

THANKS !!!
I should be careful what I wish for.
I'm overwhelmed...in a good way.
Exactly what I'm looking for, and then some.
Thank You again,
Jim

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:23 PM

Here are some other options if you are looking for your students to RUN/WRITE codes, as opposed to using applications:

(1) Astrophysics Source Code Library (http://ascl.net/)
This is really if your students know how to code; shared code from astrophysics researchers.

(2) Sky and Telescope BASIC Programs (http://www.skyandtel...re/3304911.html)
This is the database for all the source codes that ran in Sky and Telescope's Astronomical Computing column for many years.

(3) Astrophysics with a PC (Paul Hellings) -- http://www.willbell.com/math/mc5.htm
This is one of the greatest books for introducing students to computational astronomy; I use it often, especially in reading courses with students. There is a wide range of topics, including integrating orbits all the way up to modeling stars. Excellent book.

(4) Claud Lacy at Arkansas has some Mac-specific binary star software (pre- and post- OS X versions): http://www.uark.edu/...cy/BinaryStars/

(5) If I google "java orbit simulator" you can find a variety of java applets out there; many have the *.jar file available, which can be downloaded and run locally on a computer (I don't know if that is the sort of thing you are looking for).

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