A geometric method to locate Neptune

Bhatnagar, Siddharth and Vyasanakere, Jayanth and Murthy, Jayant (2021) A geometric method to locate Neptune. American Journal of Physics, 89 (454).

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Abstract

We develop a direct geometric method to determine the orbital parameters and mass of a planet, and we then apply the method to Neptune using high-precision data for the other planets in the solar system. The method is direct in the sense that it does not involve curve fitting. This paper, thereby, offers a new pedagogical approach to orbital mechanics that could be valuable in a physics classroom.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Classical physics, physics Education, Planet, Discovery of Neptune, Neptune, Equation of motion
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Physics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Sachin Tirlapur
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2021 05:45
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2021 00:25
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/2478
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1119/10.0003349

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