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Table Of Contents

1.1 The Nature of Celestial Mechanics
1.2 Scalars, Vectors, Tensors, Matrices and Their Products
a. Scalars
b. Vectors
c. Tensors and Matrices
1.3 Commutativity, Associativity, and Distributivity
1.4 Operators
Chapter 1: Exercises
2.1 Orthogonal Coordinate Systems
2.2 Astronomical Coordinate Systems
a. The Right Ascension - Declination Coordinate System
b. Ecliptic Coordinates
c. Alt-Azimuth Coordinate System
2.3 Geographic Coordinate Systems
a. The Astronomical Coordinate System
b. The Geodetic Coordinate System
c. The Geocentric Coordinate System
2.4 Coordinate Transformations
2.5 The Eulerian Angles
2.6 The Astronomical Triangle
Chapter 2: Exercises
3.1 Newton's Laws and the Conservation of Momentum and Energy
3.3 The Hamiltonian
Chapter 3: Exercises
4.1 The Scalar Potential Field and the Gravitational Field
4.2 Poisson's and Laplace's Equations
4.3 Multipole Expansion of the Potential
Chapter 4: Exercises
5.2 The Areal Velocity and Kepler's Second Law
5.3 The Solution of the Equations of Motion
5.4 The Orbit Equation and Its Solution for the Gravitational Force
Chapter 5: Exercises
6.1 The Basic Properties of Rigid Bodies
a. The Center of Mass and the Center of Gravity
c. The Principal Axis Transformation
6.2 The Solution of the Classical Two Body Problem
a. The Equations of Motion
b. Location of the Two Bodies in Space and Time
c. The Solution of Kepler's Equation
6.3 The Orientation of the Orbit and the Orbital Elements
6.4 The Location of the object in the Sky
Chapter 6: Exercises
7.1 Newtonian Initial Conditions
7.2 Determination of Orbital Parameters from Angular positions Alone
a. The Geometrical Method of Kepler
b. The Method of Laplace
c. The Method of Gauss
7.3 Degeneracy and Indeterminacy of the Orbital Elements
Chapter 7: Exercises
8.1 The Restricted Three Body Problem
a. Jacobi's Integral of the Motion
b. Zero Velocity Surfaces
c. The Lagrange Points and Equilibrium
8.2 The N-Body Problem
b. The Ergodic Theorem
8.3 Chaotic Dynamics in Celestial Mechanics
Chapter 8: Exercises
9.1 The Basic Approach to the Perturbed Two Body Problem
Chapter 9: Exercises
References and Supplemental Reading
Index
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The Foundations of Celestial Mechanics - G. W. Collins

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