Chapter 6. The Dynamics of Planetary Systems

  1. Stephen Eales

Published Online: 23 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470721780.ch6

Planets and Planetary Systems

Planets and Planetary Systems

How to Cite

Eales, S. (2009) The Dynamics of Planetary Systems, in Planets and Planetary Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470721780.ch6

Author Information

  1. School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470016923

Online ISBN: 9780470721780



  • planetary system dynamics;
  • laws of planetary motion;
  • Solar System - ‘full to capacity’;
  • stable and unstable orbits;
  • Lagrangian points of Sun and Earth;
  • Solar System dynamics and Newton's law of gravity;
  • tidal forces and visible consequences;
  • image of strange grooved terrain on Ganymede;
  • tidal phenomenon and Solar System's rings of giant planets


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Laws of planetary motion

  • Stable and unstable orbits

  • Tidal forces

  • Exercises