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Apsidal Shift, or the angular displacement of the orbital apses, is an important quantity in the study of the orbits of planets, starts, and other celestial bodies. The apparent lack of shift of our nearby planets is that on which Sir Isaac Newton based his assumption of the inverse-square relationship in Universal Gravity. We are able to find excellent approximations for the Apsidal Shift and use our results to generalize Newton's Apsidal Theorem.

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9-6-2012

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Other Astrophysics and Astronomy | Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Physics

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Student Researcher: Cameron Tuckerman

Faculty Advisor: Ulrich Zurcher, Ph.D.

Extending Newton’s Apsidal Theorem: Effective Angular Momentum

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