8A35.30 - Satellite Orbits

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Satellite Orbits
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  • "Figuring Physics", TPT, Vol. 48, #8, Nov. 2010, p. 504.
  • D. J. Knipp, E. T. Patterson, A. Franz, J. H. Head, T. A. Summers, and E. L. Zirbel, "Simulating Realistic Satellite Orbits in the Undergraduate Classroom", TPT, Vol. 43, #8, Oct. 2005, p. 452.
  • A. John Mallinckrodt, "Falling Into the Sun", TPT, Vol. 36, # 6, Sept. 1998, p. 324.
  • Maurice Bruce Stewart, "Falling and Orbiting", TPT, Vol. 36, # 2, Feb. 1998, p. 122.
  • Albert A. Bartlett, "The Velocity of an Orbiting Satellite", TPT, # 1, Jan. 1985, p. 29.
  • James C. Byrd, "The Falling Moon and the Binomial Expansion", TPT, Vol. 19, # 3, March 1981, p. 181.
  • Robert E. Chesley, "Determination of Satellite Orbit By Measurement of Doppler Effect", TPT, Vol. 2, # 2, Feb. 1964, p. 70.
  • Jearl Walker, "1.187, Intelligence Satellites", The Flying Circus of Physics", p. 80.

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