In chapter 9, students are introduced to the concept of Gravitational Assist, which is used to send probes to the outer planets and out of the solar system. Frames of reference are considered, as well as the energy of the probe and of the planet providing the assist. The code is provided, and exercises are suggested. Finally, chaotic orbital dynamics of an asteroid in the vicinity of a binary system is explored."
Gravitational Assist, Gravitational “Slingshot”, Kinetic Energy, Space Travel, Chaotic Orbits, Three-Body Problem
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Morgan, W.A. and English, L.Q., "09 Two Capstone Projects" (2019). VPython for Introductory Mechanics. 8.