Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

I Why is the specific angular momentum equal to this?

  1. Jun 1, 2018 #1
    From a wiki's vis-viva equation page, it is given that the specific angular momentum h is also equal to the following:

    h = wr^2 = ab * n

    How can ab * n be derived to be equal to the angular momentum using elliptical orbit energy/momentum/other equations without having to use calculus or equations involving eccentricity?
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2018
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 1, 2018 #2
    Oh... Wait. This is the old version of this. I understand how it works now. Could someone tell me how geometrically or algebraically you can derive b2 = ra * rb?
     
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted