This applet shows the motions of three bodies orbiting the earth with the same initial position but varying initial velocities. The result show two different elliptical orbits and a circular geosynchronous orbit. Standard controls allow the user to start, pause, step, and reset the animation.
This is part of a large collection of Physlet-based (Physics Java Applet) illustrations and tutorials covering introductory physics.
%0 Electronic Source %A Schneider, Scott %D March 15, 2006 %T LTU Physlet: Elliptical Orbits Around the Earth %V 2016 %N 29 April 2016 %8 March 15, 2006 %9 application/java %U http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/gravity_ellipse.shtml
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