Accession Number:

AD0763431

Title:

A Quasirelativistic Theory of Two Finite Masses,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

TEXAS UNIV AUSTIN APPLIED MECHANICS RESEARCH LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

84.0

Abstract:

Presented here in Euclidean space and Newtonian time is a quasirelativistic theory of two-body motion in which both bodies have mass. The theory arises from superimposing directly onto Newtons Law of Gravitation the relativistic trait of interaction at finite speed, and from analyzing the acceleration of a body relative to an inertial frame of Mach rather than to coordinates centered in the opposite body. The principal non-Newtonian result is a secular increase of the semi-major axis. A result of considerably less magnitude is a forward rotation of the line of apsides. Quantitative effects of the theory are obtained by numerical integration of representative orbits of the solar system and of binary stars. Results are tabulated and compared with corresponding integrations of the Newtonian and, for the planets, Schwarzschildian equations. Modified author abstract

Subject Categories:

  • Celestial Mechanics
  • Quantum Theory and Relativity

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE