Path-Independence of Work Done Theorem Is Invalid in Center-Bound Force Fields

Jakub Czajko


Abstract: The notion of work done, and the corresponding to it concept of potential energy, was incompletely defined making the path independence theorem of work done by center-bound force fields invalid for other than radial/conservative forces. Hence nonradial effects along equipotential surfaces, whose presence was suggested by experiments, can exist. New, mathematically complete representation of work done by center-bound force fields (generated by a single source) is offered.


Path independence theorem of work done; Potentials; Nonradial effects

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