Avoiding a Collision with an Asteroid
School: Los Alamos High
Area of Science: Physics
Interim: Avoiding a Collision with an Asteroid
Interim Report for Supercomputing Challenge
Mark and Nicholas Torres
We are building a program to track an asteroid’s path throughout our solar system. It will include all the planets and their positions as well as the sun. We are writing the program in MATLAB.
Currently we only have the program working with the Earth and the sun. The Earth does revolve around the sun. We used Newton’s second law to create it. The law states Force=mass*acceleration. We also used Newton’s universal law of gravitation. We used the Pythagorean theorem, the distance formula and trigonometry to calculate acceleration in the x and y directions. We also used the fact that acceleration is the change in velocity over time and velocity is the change in distance over time.
Our next step is to add all of the other planets and add a z-direction to create an accurate model of the solar system.
Sponsoring Teacher: Lee Goodwin
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