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Why is it that

  1. Oct 4, 2005 #1
    I have a question over a thing that I've been thinking about lately, and that is why is it that

    [tex] F = -\frac{dV}{dx} [/tex]

    where [tex]V[/tex] is a potential? I don't remember seeing an explanation for that during my course in classical mechanics.
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    Go back and look at your mechanics text, or any freshman physics text.
    Reilly Atkinson
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