CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Computer simulation was developed hand-in-hand with the rapid growth of the computer, following its first large-scale deployment during the Manhattan Project in World War II to model the process of nuclear detonation. It was a simulation of 12 hard spheres using a Monte Carlo algorithm. Computer simulation is often used as an adjunct to, or substitution for, modeling systems for which simple closed form analytic solutions are not possible. There are many different types of computer simulation; the common feature they all share is the attempt to generate a sample of representative scenarios for a model in which a complete enumeration of all possible states of the model would be prohibitive or impossible. Computer models were initially used as a supplement for other arguments, but their use later became rather widespread. The Solar System consists of the Sun and those celestial objects bound to it by gravity, all of which formed from the collapse of a giant molecular cloud approximately 4.6 billion years ago of the retinue of objects that orbit the Sun, most of the mass is contained within eight (8) relatively solitary planets whose orbits are almost circular and contained within a nearly-flat disc called the ecliptic plane. The four smaller inner planets; Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, also called the terrestrial planets, are primarily composed of rock and metal. The four outer planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, also called the gas giants, are composed largely of hydrogen and helium and are far more massive than the terrestrials. 1.1 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
Simulation of solar system historically has been a major difficult terrain for scientists especially in space exploration activities. Several reasons can be adduced for this difficulty some of which have been identified thus: 1. Lack of a historical database of calculated values.
2. Having a limited problem solving capability and an interface...
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