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Feb24-06, 12:29 AM
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?