Title

Projectile Motion in the Language of Orbital Motion

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-2011

Publication Title

European Journal of Physics

Abstract

We consider the orbit of projectiles launched with arbitrary speeds from the Earth's surface. This is a generalization of Newton's discussion about the transition from parabolic to circular orbits, when the launch speed approaches the value [\nu =\sqrt{g R_{E}}]. We find the range for arbitrary launch speeds and angles, and calculate the eccentricity of the elliptical orbits.

Original Citation

Zürcher, U. (2011). Projectile motion in the ‘language’ of orbital motion. European Journal of Physics, 32(4), 955-964.

DOI

10.1088/0143-0807/32/4/010

Volume

32

Issue

4