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Gravitational collapse help needed

  1. Jun 14, 2004 #1
    i am a little stuck on this, can someone please put me straight

    This is from P7 of The Physics of Stars by AC Phillips


    g(r)=G m(r)/r^2


    which states that each mass element at r moves towards the centre with an acceleration g(r). He then goes on to state that the inward velocity of the element can "be found from the conservation of energy equation."

    1/2 [ \frac {dr} {dt} ] ^2 = G m_o /r - G m_o /r_o

    Now i know that both sides have been integrated but i thought the integral of


    \frac {d^2r} {dt^2} = \frac {dr} {dt}


    forgive my tex errors :) the damn things buggy :0
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2004
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  3. Jun 14, 2004 #2
    i shone a red laser through a prism then through the gap on some nail clippers as i reduced the gap manually and onto my wall, the laser dot reduced to a wide straight line as i reduced the clipper gap, brighter in the middle but the line was rotated 90deg to the orientation of the nail clipper slot. why is that? have i just carried out a very inpromptu diffraction experiment?

    please forgive my niaivity...i am a novice just embarking on his quest for knowledge
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