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written by Eugene Butikov
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A collection of EJS models showing  the motions of three or more bodies attracted to one another by gravitational forces.  The Java applets on this website allow us to observe fascinating trajectories of three-body motions that delight the eye and challenge our intuition. However, among the great variety of extremely complex motions there exist a finite subset of very simple regular motions. Some of these regular motions are also illustrated in this collection.

EJS applets on this site were created with EJS version 2.0 and are not compatible with the latest version of EJS.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java Applet Plug-in.
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- Astronomy Education
Classical Mechanics
- Gravity
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Central Forces
Modern Physics
- Chaos & Non-linear Dynamics
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
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Butikov, E. (n.d.). Collection of Remarkable Three-Body Motions. Retrieved March 28, 2023, from http://butikov.faculty.ifmo.ru/Projects/Collection.html
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