2. Statement of the problem
Initially, three equal masses are considered to occupy the vertices of an equilateral triangle in a plane. These masses in the absence of any disturbance will move along the medians of the triangle and collide at the centroid of the triangle. Here, to avoid such a collision the masses at and are subjected to small perturbing velocities and in directions and respectively with
We wish to study for what values of perturbing velocities and (i = 1, 2, 3), the asymmetry will result in systematic regularity of escape with the formation of a binary with the help of the relative distances of the participating bodies.
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Online publication: May 21, 1999