Syllabus for Celestial Mechanics
- 5 credits
- Course code: 1FA207
- Education cycle: First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
- G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
- G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
- G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
- GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
- A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
- AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
- Established: 2007-03-15
- Established by:
- Revised: 2020-01-21
- Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
- Applies from: Autumn 2020
30 credits in mathematics and 60 credits in physics.
- Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy
On completion of the course, the student should be able to
- account for the basics of celestial mechanics
- perform detailed calculations of the two-body problem
- explain the basics within perturbation theory and the N-body problem
- explain how the modern scientific research of celestial mechanics is performed
The two- and N-body problem. Calculations of position coordinates from orbital elements. Calculations of orbital elements from observational data. Numerical calculations of orbits. Evolution of orbits for asteroids and comets. The Lagrangian planetary equations. Basic rocket science.
Lectures, exercises, and student presentations.
Two hand-in exercises, 1.5 credits each. Oral and written presentation of individual study, 2 credits.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.
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Applies from: Autumn 2020
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
Davidsson, Björn J. R.
Compendium in Fundamental Celestial Mechanics
Institutionen för fysik och astronomi,