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GR Schwarzschild Particle Energy Program
written by Wolfgang Christian, Mario Belloni, and Anne Cox
educational validator: Bethany Zach
The GR Schwarzschild Particle Energy program simulates orbits of objects around a black hole using the Schwarzschild metric. It also displays a plot of the effective potential well in which the orbiting particle resides. The user can change the orbiter's state by entering new energy and angular momentum values and dragging the marker to different positions. The default configuration is a circular orbit.
GR Schwarzschild Particle Energy is part of a suite of Open Source Physics programs that model aspects of General Relativity. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the gr_schwarzschild_particle_energy.jar file will run the program if Java is installed. Other programs provide additional visualizations. They can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics, OSP, or General Relativity.
Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java.
2 supplemental documents are available
A pdf document that briefly describes the GR Schwarzschild Particle Energy program. It describes how to use the gr_schwarzschild_particle_energy.jar file and contains short tutorial exercises for use with the gr_schwarzschild_particle_energy.jar file.
download 114kb .pdf
Published: May 23, 2008
The materials distributed in this zip file are in support of the GR Schwarzschild Particle Energy program. This distribution contains the GR Schwarzschild Particle Energy program, documentation, exercises, and additional parameter sets (xml files)
download 660kb .zip
Published: May 23, 2008
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GR Schwarzschild Particle Energy Program:
Is Part Of General Relativity (GR) Package
The General Relativity (GR) Package contains curricular materials for the teaching of general relativity using the GR Schwarzschild Particle Energy Program.relation by Anne Cox
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