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Homework Help: HELP Motion in inverse cubic force field thx 1000000 in advance

  1. Oct 2, 2004 #1
    HELP PLZ!! Motion in inverse cubic force field...thx 1000000 in advance!!

    Say a particle expereinces a net force F = -Amr^-3, where A is some constant, m is the mass of the particle (point mass), and r is the distance. How should I go about in describing the possible orbits of the particle with non-zero angular momentum and E=0, E<0 and E>0 (ie. describing the shape of its orbit)? I know this would involve some integration and differential equation.

    I know that r can be viewed as a function of theta, and the energy E and angular momentum can be written as

    E = (1/2) mR'(θ(t))^2θ'(t)^2+(1/2)mR(θ(t))^2θ'(t)^2+V(r(θ(t)))


    L = mR(θ(t))^2θ(t),

    in polar coordinate form

    How should I find V(r(θ(t)))? Is it V = integral of F?
    How should my answer look like approximately? I have no clue in how my answer will be in terms of what variables.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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