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Feb24-06, 12:29 AM
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Quote Quote by topsquark
Total energy is always potential plus kinetic. From general central motion techniques, how do you find the total energy of an orbit when the central potential goes as r^4?

I don't have a clue. The force can be shown as [itex]\vec F = -\vec \nabla V[/itex]. The work done will be: [itex]W = \int \vec F \cdot dr[/itex]. Will this equal the energy?