Skip to main content
Article
Radial Motion in A Central Potential for Singular Mass Densities
American Journal of Physics
  • Ulrich Zürcher, Cleveland State University
  • Miron Kaufman, Cleveland State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
4-1-2011
Disciplines
Abstract

We study the radial motion of an object in the gravitational field produced by an isotropic mass density that is singular at the origin. This problem applies to elliptical galaxies and can be used to illustrate motion in a central field appropriate for an intermediate-level mechanics course.

DOI
10.1119/1.3549737
Version
Postprint
Citation Information
Ulrich Zürcher and Miron Kaufman. "Radial Motion in A Central Potential for Singular Mass Densities" American Journal of Physics Vol. 79 Iss. 5 (2011) p. 521 - 526
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ulrich_zurcher/32/