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A particle moving in a plane is attracted towards a point (fixed) by a force zr^-5. The particle is projected from an apse at distance a with speed SQRT(z/(2a^4)).

Show that the orbit is r=acos(theta)

Using the Orbit Eq: d^2 u/dC^2 + u = za^-5/(hu)^2

h = angular momentum, or r(speed) in this case, u = 1/r

I get down to (du/dC)^2 + u^2 = -4/[(a^3)u] + A

where C = theta, A = integration constant.

Am I correct so far?

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# Homework Help: Mechanics - Orbits under Central Force

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