Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Three Body Problem

This is a wonderful visualization of the inverse square law. This is the three body problem modeled and put to music where each 'planet' is assigned a note in the C major triad. The note is sounded when the distance between two objects is at a minimum. This is an example of the inverse square law where the acceleration of gravity is determined by the mass of the objects over the distance of the objects from each other squared. In this model what looks like impacts are actually close passes not actual elastic impacts. I am not a physicist. This is just my understanding of this system! Still it is a very cool visualization.

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