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Can you explain it for me?

  1. Nov 23, 2009 #1
    F=-[tex]\nabla[/tex]V
    i cannot fully understand it ,though i can deduce it in some ways.

    i also want to know why potential energy is so extensive and important.
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2009
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  3. Nov 23, 2009 #2

    fluidistic

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    F represent a vector field. More precisely, a conservative vector field. Hence it is the gradient of a function which we call the potential.
    I hope it helps a very bit at least.
     
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