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Fitting Planetary Orbits with a Spreadsheet

Physics Education Volume 30, Number 5, ISSN 0031-9120


Describes how to fit binocular observations of the planets to a theoretical model of circular orbits using a modern computer spreadsheet, from which fundamental data about the solar system may be deduced. (AIM)


Bridges, R. (1995). Fitting Planetary Orbits with a Spreadsheet. Physics Education, 30(5), 266. Retrieved April 23, 2019 from .

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    Joel Bryan, Texas A&M University, United States

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