MAE146 Inertial Frames

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MAE 146: Astronautics Inertial Frames of Reference
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A fundamental postulate of Newtonian mechanics is that  there is a  special class of reference frames, referred to as  inertial,  such that the motion of a particle is completely  determined (for all times), once: The position and velocity of the particle is known at a  given time ( initial conditions ) in one of these frames. The interactions between the particle and the universe  ( forces ) is known; the expression of these interactions  being the  same in all the inertial frames . These postulate are summarized as  = m A  and are referred  to as the  equation of motions  ( EoM Solving these equations consist of solving an i nitial value  problem (IVP):  the integration of a system of 3 second order,  ordinary differential equations with known initial conditions. MAE 146: 
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MAE 146 taught by Professor Villac during the Winter '08 term at UC Irvine.

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