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Orbits Within Spherical Galaxies Model

Apr 29, 2011

The Orbits Within Spherical Galaxies model was published as a supplemental simulation for the article "Radial motion in a central potential for singular mass densities" by Ulrich Z├╝rcher and Miron Kaufman in the American Journal of Physics 79(5), 521-526 (2011).  The model displays the two-dimensional trajectories of particles (stars) within a galaxy having a spherically symmetric mass distribution that heuristically approximates the distributions found in galaxies and bulges.


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