There is no formal lab during the first week of class (Jan. 14). Labs will start on January 28. We will be handing out the Pre-Lab for Lab 1, however you can also pick up the Pre-Lab during the first lecture. (It has also been posted on the assignments page).
Lecture starts on Wednesday, January 16.
The class notes from the first lecture are now on the Class Notes page. The questions are NOT hypothetical, so think about them and write up your answers.
The history of C3 has also been posted on the Bonus Handouts page.
Note: The original due date for the questions in the lecture 1 notes was incorrect. Take a few weeks to think about the problems.
The class notes for the second lecture are now on the Class Notes page.
A restricted 4-body paper has been posted on the Bonus Handouts page.
Lectures on Wednesday will now be held in ECCR 1B51. Labs will continue to meet in the Vision's Lab on Monday.
There have been some questions regarding the homework assigned on Wednesday. The homework is to reverse the process found in the Lecture 2 Notes. That is, given R and V, find expressions for the Classical Orbital Elements. You do not need to choose a specific R and V and convert them (i.e. using actual numbers). Just give the expressions.
The second lab will address Lambert's Problem, pork-chop plots, and solving Kepler's Equation. You can start on writing up programs for these, if you'd like, but you will not need to turn anything in until after we've covered it in lab.
A new assignment, "Sir I Send", has been posted on the assignments page.
A Lunar Cycler paper has been posted on the Bonus Handouts page.
Another assignment, "Conic Sections", has been posted on the assignments page.
Lecture 3 notes have been posted on the Notes page. A paper about Dandelin's solution to the conic section problem has been posted on the Bonus Handouts page.
The notes for Lab 3 have been posted. They discuss the B-Plane.
A few papers have been added to the Bonus Handout page.
A brief statement on homework philosophy has been posted on the Assignments page.
The Lab Exercises for Lab 5 have been posted on the assignments page.
The lecture notes for Lecture 6 have been posted on the Class Notes page. A couple of new papers have been added to the Bonus Handouts page (Art and Science of Lunar Gravity Assist, and Finite Burn Losses Calculatro).
The lecture notes and assignment for lab 7 have been posted on the Class Notes and Assignments pages, respectively. Also, the "I was Wr- Wr- Wrong" memo has been posted on the Bonus Handouts page, and contains corrections to some errors in the Restricted 4-Body paper.
Several documents have been added to the Bonus Handouts page. Lecture notes for lectures 1-8 and 11 have all been posted. Lab 8 and 9 assignments have also been added.
Lecture 12 notes have been added to the Notes page, and Keith Speckman's graphical representation of the Mean Anomaly has been added to the Bonus Handouts page.
Lecture 13 and 14 notes have been added to the Notes page. Lecture 15 should be added Friday or sometime early the next week.