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Homework Help: Non-central force and work done

  1. Aug 13, 2016 #1
    • Member advised to use the homework template for posts in the homework sections of PF.
    when we start from a point say 'O' cover some distance and back to same point work done in the case is zero.will it be zero too for the non-central force as given below in pic.. am i solving it in the right way? que2.jpg :oldconfused:
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  3. Aug 13, 2016 #2
    i do not understand your differential d(phi) ; how this is defined....
    well you have a force which has two parts radial one F(r) and F(theta) the motion is in a plane (r, theta) so any displacement has two parts ;
    as it is moving in a circle r is not changing so no work done by the radial force ....as regards theta part as the angle is changing and it returns to the same point after covering 2.pi angle ...
    how come the work done will be zero ....so try to analyse your answer.
  4. Aug 13, 2016 #3
    means if angle changes work done will not b zero? if angle changes and still it returns to same point then will it b zero?
  5. Aug 13, 2016 #4
    Is the circle that it travels along centered at the origin?
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