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Quick question on orbital eccentricity and mechanical energy

  1. Dec 16, 2015 #1
    Hi

    I'm really at a loss: How should this formula be interpreted? Is e simply dependent on the specific mechanical energy of, say, a planet in orbit around the Sun as well as its angular momentum?

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  3. Dec 16, 2015 #2
    You need to provide some context. Where it's from and what the symbols mean.
     
  4. Dec 17, 2015 #3

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  5. Dec 19, 2015 #4
    I'd say the answer to your question is "yes", but I think you're looking for more than that. Maybe you should elaborate.
     
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