OFFSET

2,1

COMMENTS

Minimum mass ratio required for stable L4 and L5 Lagrange points. Because the mass of the sun is about 333060 times the mass of the earth which is greater than 24.95993..., the sun-earth Lagrange points L4 and L5 are stable. Similarly, since the earth is about 81.3 times more massive than the moon, the earth-moon L4 and L5 points are stable.

A quadratic integer with minimal polynomial x^2 - 25x + 1. - Charles R Greathouse IV, Mar 06 2015

Note that the L1, L2, and L3 Lagrangian points are unstable regardless of mass ratio. - Charles R Greathouse IV, Mar 25 2018

LINKS

Neil J. Cornish, The Lagrange points, 1998.

EXAMPLE

24.959935794377112278876394117361238015348321373433483669148282553556...

MATHEMATICA

First[RealDigits[(25 + 3*Sqrt[69])/2, 10, 100]] (* Paolo Xausa, Jun 18 2024 *)

PROG

(PARI) (25+3*sqrt(69))/2 \\ Charles R Greathouse IV, Oct 13 2013

(PARI) polrootsreal(x^2 - 25*x + 1)[2] \\ Charles R Greathouse IV, Jan 05 2016

CROSSREFS

KEYWORD

nonn,cons

AUTHOR

Charles R Greathouse IV, Oct 13 2013

STATUS

approved