Talk:Celestial mechanics

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    The deleted discussions concern minor details on the two-body problem without importance for the understanding of the subject of this article. (Celestial Mechanics) I prefer not to overcrowd the article with many algebraic demonstrations.


    Using heliocentric vectors, the angular momentum of the planet is given by: \[ \frac{\mu^2}{m} \vec{r} \times \vec{v} \] (where \(\mu\) is the reduced mass), not: \[ m \vec{r} \times \vec{v} \].

    The latter would be the angular momentum of the planet if the Sun were held fixed in space.

    Also, the principal of conservation of energy (kinetic & potential) was certainly not known prior to 1740. Lagrange's Mécanique Analytique is generally acknowledged as the first appearance of the orbital conservation equation used this article.

    Existing: "Another result found by Newton is that the mechanical energy is conserved."
    Suggested: "A century after Newton, Joseph-Louis Lagrange showed that the mechanical energy is also conserved."

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