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Fundamentals of Astrodynamics (Dover Books on Aeronautical Engineering)
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- Amazon Sales Rank: #24590 in Books
- Brand: imusti
- Published on: 1971-06-01
- Released on: 1971-06-01
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 8.48" h x .92" w x 5.44" l, 1.06 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 480 pages
- Dover Publications
From the Back Cover
A new work, first published by Dover in 1971.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Great for self-study and an introduction to the subject.
By Joseph Sweat
A very good introduction to the subject. Many examples are given and several of the questions have answers in the text which makes this ideal for self study.
The primary focus is on geocentric (Earth-centered) orbits. Especially the orbits of satellites and ballistic missiles. There are two chapters which include detailed information on Lunar injection trajectories and interplanetary transfer orbits.
You will need to know basic algebra, matrix multiplication, trigonometry, and vector mechanics in order to answer the questions. Fortunately, if you had a decent precalculus course in high school or college you should have all the math you need. There is also a nice review of vector mechanics in the appendix.
The only flaw I found was that some of the chapters were way too long. The author places all of the questions at the end of the chapter. So when you have a 100 page long chapter that is a lot of information to cover in the questions. If they ever make a second edition I would recommend that they place questions at the end of individual sections rather than have seven or eight sections worth of questions grouped together at the end of a chapter.
Also save yourself the trouble and make a formula chart. There are tons of formulas in this book and rather than having to flip pages constantly it is a lot easier to write every new formula down on a sheet of paper. These formula charts will make the exercises flow faster.
This book would be perfect for someone who wants to know how orbits work. It would also make a great gift for any Kerbal Space Program fans you know.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
By Michael K. Fox
I've read a lot of text books in my time. An unfortunate number of them were written by people who, while they may know their subject, are not skilled at teaching. I've learned to be particularly wary of books whose titles begin with "Introduction to" or "Fundamentals of" because they tend to start out with a few pages about the really simple fundamentals, then the rest of the book is completely abstruse. This book is not like that. The authors (Bate, Mueller and White) start from fundamentals and proceed slowly and steadily to build on them in a logical fashion. The book contains exercises that (wonder of wonders) actually added to my understanding of the material. The authors clearly have experience teaching this subject and seemed to have an intuitive grasp of exactly where I would have trouble understanding, whereupon they would offer a little extra extra explanation or some coaching about the math or even (wow) a discussion about the physical implications of a mathematical equation they had derived. This book is exactly what the title claims; "Fundamentals of Astrodynamics." Note that you will need to know trigonometry and some vector math and linear algebra before reading this book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
this is an amazing Book too easy for engineering students
By Anthonny El Helou
this is an amazing Book too easy for engineering students !
you don't need to have an expert background in physics
As for a Mechanical Engineer u will expand ur Knowledge in Mechanical Dynamics (kinetics and kinematics of particles and rigid bodies) u will encounter Coriolis Acceleration Explained briefly (plus writing velocities and acceleration of a particle from one rotating coordinate system to another translating coordinate system) , in other words u know most of the material especially laws and formulas however they are more complex and higher order.....I recommend to read this book
As for a non Scientific person definitely u won't understand the physical meaning of formulas just skip chapter 2 where it talks about References and coordinate systems and am pretty sure u will understand most of the material.
however it states clearly all rules briefly but u must be familiar with linear algebra (matrices nth order for exact solution) and differential equations (especially how to decouple differential equations) in order to understand complex formulas...
Don't miss the line in chapter 1 where it says Bold letters refers to Vectors otherwise u will get lost in chapter 2 (ex : Q=S/S it's not equal to one the numerator is vector and the denominator is the scalar which is equal to root(Sx^2 + Sy^2 + Sz^2) )
Pros : 1- Most of the equations has their physical meaning written
2-Lots of figure to understand what's happening
3- Material is well organized and sections as well
4- Contains historical background on the famous Scientists (Sir Newton,Galileo...)
5- fast shipping 10 days!!
6-Paper is not bad for Marker , thick enough
7- English is so Easy,
8- Scientific words explained briefly and to make sure u understand they will refer u to a figure.
Cons: 1- Sometimes u go back two chapters to see figures in order to follow an equation
2- They don't put arrow for Vectors and sometimes forget to write the vectors in bold.
3-The book has minor damaged from shipping
Thank you for reading however could u please recommend similar books like Designing Satellite and space missions ...etc