Theory of the N-Body Problem
June 9, 1996
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Just like the velocity is derivative of the position, the acceleration is the derivative
of the velocity. In FIGURE 10. and FIGURE 11., the components of the acceleration are
shown. Just as was the case with the velocity, these graphs have sharper spikes and even
longer flat spots. Again, the acceleration functions would have been the cosine and sine
functions had the orbit been a circle.
FIGURE 10. The X component of the acceleration as a function of time
FIGURE 11. The Y component of the acceleration as a function of time
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