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Integration help, Kepler's problem Lagrangian dynamics

  1. Jan 17, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Carry out the integration ψ = ∫[M(dr/r2)] / √(2m(E-U(r)) - (M2/r2))

    E = energy, U = potential, M = angular momentum

    using the substitution: u = 1/r for U = -α/r

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    This is as far as I've gotten: -∫ (Mdu) / √(2m(E + αu) - (M2u2))
    I have no idea how to take this integral by hand which seems to be what the question is implying. Wolfram gives me something crazy looking.

    My book gives the answer as ψ = arccos( (M/r - mα/M) / √(2mE + m2α2/M2) ) ???
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    3. The attempt at a solution
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    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Jan 17, 2013 #2

    TSny

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    Try "completing the square" of the expression inside the square root in the denominator. Factor out the coefficient of u2 from the square root beforehand.
     
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