Practical Astronomy with your Calculator or Spreadsheet Spiral-bound – 5 May 2011
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'The biggest change from previous editions is the inclusion of spreadsheets for nearly every calculation … All in all, this book does a good job at what it sets out to do. The formulas and algorithms are presented clearly and with an appropriate level of detail, and the spreadsheets supplement the text by showing an additional way to perform the computations without having to resort to a scientific calculator or writing your own programs.' Michael Coren, AstroMart.com
'This is a book replete with mathematical calculations but the opening pages to the various sections contain material of interest to the lay reader.' Spaceflight
Updated and extended, the fourth edition of this highly regarded book is ideal for those who wish to solve various practical and recreational problems in astronomy using a scientific calculator or spreadsheet. With clear, easy-to-follow instructions, shown alongside worked examples, this handbook can be enjoyed by anyone interested in astronomy.See all Product description
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Like a culinary recipe book, I tend to come to this book already knowing what I want to do (e.g. calculate the position of the Moon in the sky) and then just follow the appropriate calculations. The recipes sometimes require you to refer back to previous sections but they are always clear to follow. The worked examples are also very useful to check against if you've transcribed the calculations into your own software.
All-in-all a nice update to the original edition.
I would like a little more of the theory for some of the calculations rather than just having them presented - but there again it is not designed as a text box.
It was a great help with doing GCSE coursework
I was looking for a source book to help me build a dynamic orbital simulation. This is not it.
As it turns out all you need is the equation for gravity, "centripetal" acceleration, and the fact that a body not under acceleration in orbit traces an equal area in equal time (badly expressed). Does not include the basic facts about the (this) solar system, e.g. the mass, orbital parameters and so forth of the planets and their satellites.
For the kind of thing I wanted, I should have bought Orbital Motion, Fourth Edition which is brilliant and explains everything superbly and has most of the necessary orbital data. Oh well, you live and learn, so they tell me...
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