Simple precession calculation for Mercury: A linearization approach

Michael J. W. Hall
2022 American Journal of Physics  
The additional perihelion precession of Mercury due to general relativity can be calculated by a method that is no more difficult than solving for the Newtonian orbit. This method relies on linearizing the relativistic orbit equation, is simpler than standard textbook methods, and is closely related to Newton's theorem on revolving orbits. The main result is accurate for all values of [Formula: see text] for near-circular orbits.
doi:10.1119/5.0098846 fatcat:2h2ch67hnjh7doo4b4cae6ddjq