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Conservation of the Laplace-Runge-Lenz Vector

  1. Oct 21, 2008 #1
    Hmm...Latex doesn't seem to be working at the moment...

    How does one show the conservation of the Laplace-Runge-Lenz (LRL) vector using the Hamiltonian of the two-body system? Showing it's conserved otherwise it's not hard. You can take the time derivative of the LRL vector and show that it's zero or a couple other ways which I worked out before (I would type it out but Latex seemingly disabled makes it tedious and cumbersome). The one thing I can't figure out is how to get the conservation of the LRL vector from the Hamiltonian of the two-body system. What I did was take the square of the LRL vector and find the energy from that but then it becomes uncertain.
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  3. Oct 21, 2008 #2
    You know how to calculate commutators?
  4. Oct 23, 2008 #3
    Ah yes yes, thank you, I got it now.
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