Physics & Astronomy ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 5-27-1955

Abstract

A problem in mathematical ballistics of fundamental importance in meteoritics is investigated in this thesis, namely the problem of estimating the speed at which a meteorite of assigned shape, mass and density struck a specific earth-target, either from purely theoretical considerations or from penetration or other impact-effects actually observed and measured in the earth-target.

In the second chapter several methods for calculating impact-velocities based on terminal ballistic theory are developed. While some of these methods can be successfully applied to as many as 63 recovered meteorites, others are applicable only to a very few known meteorites because of the failure of meteorite collectors to scientifically investigate and record all the data relating to the impact-funnels made in the earth-target falling meteorites.

Degree Name

Physics

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Physics & Astronomy

First Committee Member (Chair)

L. LaPaz

Second Committee Member

M.S. Hendrichson

Third Committee Member

Paul W. Healy

Fourth Committee Member

Milton Kahn

Language

English

Keywords

Ballistic Resistance, Meteoritics, F.R. Moulton, Earth-Target Meteorites, Terminal Ballistic Theory

Document Type

Thesis

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