Conditions on nonlinearity of oscillatory equations inducing the periapsidal precession
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The equations of motion in the theory of general relativity obtained for the Schwarzschild metric yield an oscillatory differential equation with weak quadratic nonlinearity. This nonlinearity induces the well-known parametric expression for the relocation of the orbital periapsis, usually termed as periapsidal precession. It still represents a hard test for a gravitational theory viability. In the standard process of obtaining the precession, some approximation methods are employed, however it seems that the methods can provide better information then it is usually presented in the literature. We give an in-depth analysis of the oscillatory nonlinear differential equation as a dynamical system, also analyzing the conditions for obtaining the precession given other nonlinearities. Then, we outline a procedure for obtaining this precession for more general types of nonlinearities and the conditions which apply on them.
KeywordsPerturbation methods Linearization Perihelion shift Lambert W function
Mathematics Subject Classification83C10 70F15 37C10 37N05
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