Calculations for Science Fiction Writers/Space Travel with Constant Acceleration – The Nonrelativistic Case

This article explains basic calculations related to constant acceleration. It should be of interest to science fiction writers who want to make their stories realistic, and to anyone interested in space travel, real or fictional. The number of scary looking equations is kept to a necessary minimum. I just give you the equations you need, with no calculus or vectors required.

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About William Haloupek

William Haloupek
Mathematician -- PhD 1992
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Astronomy is my hobby. Kind of an obsession at times! Not so much about where to point my telescope, but more learning about exotic places.

I started out in Topology and Analysis at Texas Tech, then went to Wisconsin and switched to Applied Math. Started working on a PhD thesis in General Relativity, then changed to Dynamical Systems, and ended up with a PhD in Differentiability Theory. Studied a lot of Classical Physics.

I also worked as a radar engineer in the missile defense industry for 10 years. This gave me an appreciation of the "real world."

Other hobbies: genealogy, coin collecting, science fiction, philosophy, hiking.

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