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Homework Help: Potential Energy Problem

  1. Oct 18, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The potential energy function associated with the force F= 4xyicap + 2x^2jcap is
    2. Relevant equations
    F= -dU/dx

    3. The attempt at a solution
    i treid to find the magnitude of force n then put in eq bt failed plese help
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  3. Oct 18, 2014 #2


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    You are supposed to find a function U(x,y) such that ##\frac{\partial U}{\partial x} = -4xy## and ##\frac{\partial U}{\partial y}=-2x^{2}##.
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