Orbital Mechanics software out there?
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:39 AM
Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:22 PM
Take a look here:
Namely on the free to use side:
Computer-based Astronomy labs
Galaxy Collisions Simulation
Practices on Observational Astronomy
Solar System 3D Simulator
Solar System Simulator Studio
Terra et Caelum
The Solar System Discovery Kit
and a few more...
Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:26 PM
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,
Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:23 PM
(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).