Polar Equation using sketch

1. Feb 21, 2004

mark9696

A particle moves on a circular orbit in a central force field. The origin of the force lies on the circle.

Find the polar equation of the orbit.

I am confused as to how to set up this question.

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2. Feb 21, 2004

Dr Transport

$${d^2u}\over {d/ \theta^2} + u =$$

3. Feb 21, 2004

Dr Transport

Can't work it right now, back later....... anyway it is r^-5.

4. Feb 22, 2004

mark9696

I need a few more steps to be explained. I am sure that if you could please explain them to me that I will get it.

5. Feb 22, 2004

mark9696

Also, I ahve never sen that queation before. IS it derived somewhere on the net?

Are you saying that the polar equation is r^(-5)? I need some help here desparately.

Last edited: Feb 22, 2004
6. Feb 22, 2004

Dr Transport

My typing is bad, and it was late.

$$\frac{d^2 u}{d\theta^2} + u = -\frac{m}{l^2u^2}f(1/u)$$

7. Feb 22, 2004

Dr Transport

My typing is bad, and it was late.

$$\frac{d^2 u}{d\theta^2} + u = -\frac{m}{l^2u^2}f(1/u)$$

set $$1/u = 2acos\theta$$ and crank away. The answer should pop out when you eliminate the $$\theta$$.

For some reason, the \frac is not working........

8. Feb 22, 2004

Dr Transport

I guess it did work in the final compile......