Title

Planetary And Light Motions From Newtonian Theory: An Amusing Exercise

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2006

Publication Title

European Journal Of Physics

Department

Science, Technology and Society

Abstract

We attempt to see how closely we can formally obtain the planetary and light path equations of general relativity by employing certain operations on the familiar Newtonian equation. This paper is intended neither as an alternative to nor as a tool for grasping Einstein's general relativity. Though the exercise can be understood by readers at large, it is especially recommended to teachers of relativity for an appreciative understanding of its peculiarity as well as its pedagogical value in the teaching of differential equations.

Volume

27

Issue

2

pp.

429-435

ISSN

0143-0807