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Einstein's Principle

by B. L. Foster (University of Montana)

This article originally appeared in:
Mathematics Magazine
October, 1990

Subject classification(s): Applied Mathematics | Mathematical Physics | Calculus | Advanced Calculus | Vector Valued Functions
Applicable Course(s): 3.3 Mainstream Calculus III, IV | 4.12 Advanced Math for Engineering & Physics | 4.16 Partial Differential Equations

The author verifies that a scalar field associated to a vector field, satisfying spherical symmetry and Laplace's equation, implies Newton's inverse square law.

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Capsule Course Topic(s):
Multivariable Calculus | Polar, Cylindrical and Spherical Coordinates
Multivariable Calculus | Partial Derivatives, Differentiability
Multivariable Calculus | Vector Fields and Flowlines
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