World Journal of Mechanics

Volume 5, Issue 5 (May 2015)

ISSN Print: 2160-049X   ISSN Online: 2160-0503

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A Quaternion Solution of the Motion in a Central Force Field Relative to a Rotating Reference Frame

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DOI: 10.4236/wjm.2015.55008    2,796 Downloads   3,375 Views  

ABSTRACT

The paper presents a quaternion approach of giving a closed form solution of the motion in a central force field relative to a rotating reference frame. This new method involves two quaternion operators: the first one transforms the motion from a non-inertial reference frame to a inertial one with a very significant consequence of vanishing all the non-inertial terms (Coriolis and centripetal forces); the second quaternion operator provides the solution of the motion in the noninertial reference frame by applying it to the solution in the inertial reference frame. This process will govern the inverse transformation of the motion and is proved on two particular cases, the Foucault Pendulum and Keplerian motions problems relative to rotating reference frames.

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Ciureanu, I. and Condurache, D. (2015) A Quaternion Solution of the Motion in a Central Force Field Relative to a Rotating Reference Frame. World Journal of Mechanics, 5, 71-79. doi: 10.4236/wjm.2015.55008.

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