Let S be the set of allx=/=OinR^n. Let r = abs(x), and letfbe the vector field defined on S by the equation:

f(x)= (r^p)(x),

where p is a real constant. Find a potential function for f on S.

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- Nov 18th 2010, 03:13 PMhashshashin715Find potential Function
Let S be the set of all

**x**=/=**O**in**R**^n. Let r = abs(**x**), and let**f**be the vector field defined on S by the equation:

**f(x)**= (r^p)(**x**),

where p is a real constant. Find a potential function for f on S.

Need a starting push... - Nov 18th 2010, 03:21 PMhashshashin715
Sorry, r = to the norm of

**x** - Nov 19th 2010, 04:06 AMHallsofIvy
So what you

**really**have is $\displaystyle ||\vec{x}||^p \vec{x}$?

In 3 dimensions, that is $\displaystyle x(x^2+ y^2+ z^2)^{p/2}\vec{i}+ y(x^2+ y^2+ z^2)^{p/2}\vec{j}+ z(x^2+ y^2+ z^2)^{p/2}\vec{k}$ and you want a function f(x, y, z) such that

$\displaystyle \frac{\partial f}{\partial x}= x(x^2+ y^2+ z^2)^{p/2}$

$\displaystyle \frac{\partial f}{\partial y}= y(x^2+ y^2+ z^2)^{p/2}$

$\displaystyle \frac{\partial f}{\partial z}= z(x^2+ y^2+ z^2)^{p/2}$

Okay, what is an anti-derivative of $\displaystyle x(x^2+ a^2)^{p/2}$?

I recommend the substitution $\displaystyle u= x^2+ a^2$.