Systems of Particles

Prerequisites

Students should be able to:

  • Write Newton's second law as a differential equation.
  • FIXME - reduced mass

In-class Content

Homework for Center of Mass

Homework for Reduced Mass

  1. (FreeCoM) Determine whether several common forces in nature are central forces.

  2. (FreeCoMLG) Determine whether several common forces in nature are central forces.

  3. (ReducedMassLG) How does the reduced mass depend on the two original masses.?

  4. (UndoReduced) Once you have solved for the motion of the reduced mass, you must “undo” the substitutions that you made to find the motions of your original two masses.

  5. (SunJupiter) Get a sense for the position of the center of mass for planets in our solar system.

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