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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hey people,

Im doing some analysis of some N-body simulation data. I'm trying to calculate the tidal forces exerted on the smaller groups of particles by the other mass. I have a model for the distribution of matter causing the tidal field so I can analytically calculate the gravitational potential and the directional second derivatives, but how do I translate that into the forces. Anybody have a reference for some good reading on the subject.

Im doing some analysis of some N-body simulation data. I'm trying to calculate the tidal forces exerted on the smaller groups of particles by the other mass. I have a model for the distribution of matter causing the tidal field so I can analytically calculate the gravitational potential and the directional second derivatives, but how do I translate that into the forces. Anybody have a reference for some good reading on the subject.