Poisson theory and integration method for a dynamical system of relative motion

Zhang Yi^{a}, Shang Mei^{b}

^{a} College of Civil Engineering, Suzhou University of Science and Technology, Suzhou 215011, China; ^{b} School of Aerospace Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China

Abstract This paper focuses on studying the Poisson theory and the integration method of dynamics of relative motion. Equations of a dynamical system of relative motion in phase space are given. Poisson theory of the system is established. The Jacobi last multiplier of the system is defined, and the relation between the Jacobi last multiplier and the first integrals of the system is studied. Our research shows that for a dynamical system of relative motion, whose configuration is determined by n generalized coordinates, the solution of the system can be found by using the Jacobi last multiplier if (2n-1) first integrals of the system are known. At the end of the paper, an example is given to illustrate the application of the results.