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Orbital mechanics 1

4 articles
1 challenge
1 video
2 skills
1 talkthrough
How do planets move? An introduction to orbital mechanics and the work of Johannes Kepler.

Applying pi


Circle orbit 2


Conic sections: Intro to ellipses

VIDEO 14:14 minutes
Introduction to the ellipse.

Equation of an ellipse

Find the center and major and minor radius of an ellipse given its equation.

INTERACT: Elliptical orbits

Click and drag either foci to change orbit. You can also mouseover the terms below for definitions.