The Naked Scientists

The Naked Scientists Forum

Author Topic: Orbit simulator  (Read 3728 times)

Offline DoctorBeaver

  • Naked Science Forum GOD!
  • *******
  • Posts: 12656
  • Thanked: 3 times
  • A stitch in time would have confused Einstein.
    • View Profile
Orbit simulator
« on: 31/08/2007 10:09:06 »


 

Offline rosy

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 1018
  • Chemistry
    • View Profile
Orbit simulator
« Reply #1 on: 31/08/2007 11:33:42 »
Dave made something a bit like this a while back for CHaOS... have a look at:
http://www.chaosscience.org.uk/pub/public_html//index.php?topic=why_Gravity
 

Offline DoctorBeaver

  • Naked Science Forum GOD!
  • *******
  • Posts: 12656
  • Thanked: 3 times
  • A stitch in time would have confused Einstein.
    • View Profile
Orbit simulator
« Reply #2 on: 31/08/2007 11:41:08 »
Oooh... I like that 1  :)

How clever is he!
 

Offline Karen W.

  • Moderator
  • Naked Science Forum GOD!
  • *****
  • Posts: 31653
  • Thanked: 5 times
  • "come fly with me"
    • View Profile
Orbit simulator
« Reply #3 on: 31/08/2007 11:56:16 »
 

another_someone

  • Guest
Orbit simulator
« Reply #4 on: 31/08/2007 13:56:20 »
I love these sort of things...
http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/my-solar-system/my-solar-system.swf

Fascinating - but what it does demonstrate is how difficult it is to make a stable 4 body system, with collisions (and sometimes bodies getting kicked out of the system) creating attrition until you have left only a stable 2 body system.  Given the thousands (probably millions) of bodies within our solar system (with 8 of them large enough to still be classed as planets), it must be an indication of how large the attrition rate must have been in the early solar system, and even now, how high the probability must be of regular collisions occurring.
 

Offline Simulated

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 7188
  • Thanked: 1 times
  • Simulated..What more do you needa know :P
    • View Profile
    • Facebook
Orbit simulator
« Reply #5 on: 31/08/2007 14:12:31 »
Sweet!
 

Offline DoctorBeaver

  • Naked Science Forum GOD!
  • *******
  • Posts: 12656
  • Thanked: 3 times
  • A stitch in time would have confused Einstein.
    • View Profile
Orbit simulator
« Reply #6 on: 31/08/2007 20:04:53 »
George - that's a very sobering thought.
 

another_someone

  • Guest
Orbit simulator
« Reply #7 on: 31/08/2007 21:25:38 »
George - that's a very sobering thought.

Take one of the preset multi-body orbits (for instance, the 4 ballet star).  See how the orbit works in a totally stable fashion.  No just alter the mass of one of the components (e.g. change it from a mass of 120 to a mass of 121), and see what changes it makes to the orbits.
 

Offline Simulated

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 7188
  • Thanked: 1 times
  • Simulated..What more do you needa know :P
    • View Profile
    • Facebook
Orbit simulator
« Reply #8 on: 31/08/2007 23:11:53 »
Thanks for that link doc. Ben and I sat at school messing with that thing all day trying different things.
 

Offline _Stefan_

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 814
    • View Profile
    • My Photobucket Album
Orbit simulator
« Reply #9 on: 01/09/2007 16:50:07 »
This is brilliant!

Is that how our moon really revolves around the Earth? It's actually revolving round the Sun, but it's path is distorted that way by the Earth's gravitational pull?
 

Offline JimBob

  • Global Moderator
  • Neilep Level Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 6564
  • Thanked: 7 times
  • Moderator
    • View Profile
Orbit simulator
« Reply #10 on: 01/09/2007 19:01:15 »
Yeah George, I just crashed the moon into the sun on the first orbit. Didn't make even a half a rotation.
 

Offline Simulated

  • Neilep Level Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 7188
  • Thanked: 1 times
  • Simulated..What more do you needa know :P
    • View Profile
    • Facebook
Orbit simulator
« Reply #11 on: 01/09/2007 20:55:53 »
Yeah George, I just crashed the moon into the sun on the first orbit. Didn't make even a half a rotation.

Ben did that ALOT.
 

The Naked Scientists Forum

Orbit simulator
« Reply #11 on: 01/09/2007 20:55:53 »

 

SMF 2.0.10 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines
SMFAds for Free Forums
 
Login
Login with username, password and session length