ch12 - Gravitation "On the Shoulders of Giants"...

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“On the Shoulders of Giants” Newton once said that his success was based on the fact that he “stood on the shoulders of giants” In other words, his work was based on the great work done by his predecessors. Tycho Brahe 1546-1601– the original party animal Johannes Kepler 1571-1630—the original anti-party animal
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The Odd Couple Kepler wanted establish that God created the universe with a perfect mathematical order; understanding the mathematics made him feel closer to God. Brahe just wanted to have fun…however, Brahe (while having a lot of fun) was one of the best astronomical observers of history and kept meticulous data!
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The Odd Couple Cont’d Using Brahe’s data, Kepler formulated 3 laws of motion but we are just going to worry about Kepler’s 3 rd Law of Motion The squares of the times to complete one orbit are proportional to the cubes of the average distances from the sun T 2 ~R 3 T= period of orbit, R= radius of orbit
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2012 for the course PHYSICS 104 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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ch12 - Gravitation "On the Shoulders of Giants"...

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