Accession Number:

AD0261386

Title:

DERIVATION OF WEBER'S POTENTIAL FROM THE EQUATIONS OF A GEODESIC IN A SCHWARZSCHILD FIELD

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POLYTECHNIC INST OF BROOKLYN N Y

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Report Date:

1961-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

Prior to the present day general acceptance of Einsteins general theory of relativity as a reasonable basis for explaining the advance in the perihelion of Mercury there were many attempts to explain this apparent anomaly on the basis of velocity dependent potentials. Prominent among these tried was Webers electrodynamic potential V is similar to 1r 1 v squaredc squar d. That such potentials gave better results than the bare Newtonian potential is not fortuitous. In fact, Webers potential is derivable from th equations of a geodesic in a Schwarzschild field. This is accomplished by reducing the set of equations for the geodesic to one equation in r and interpreting the equation as an e pression of Newtons second law, F equals ma. From the terms identified as comprising F, Webers potential is readily obtained. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE