Challenge Team Abstract
Team Number: 041
School Name: Gallup High
Area of Science: Physics
Project Title: The Orbital Status of a Mass
In outer space, given a mass, its velocity, and its closest approach to anotehr object, we will determine its orbital status - decaying, stable or escape.
The gravitational force F that a body exerts on a unit mass with R as the radius of the body, G as the universal gravitational constant, M as the mass of the body and D is in the distance of the unit mass from the center of the body relates as shown here:
F = GMD for O < D < R and F = GM for D>= R
Using this equaion and others, we will write a program that will calculate these values upon the input of these variables and simulate it graphically over a set period of time.