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3: A Few Simple Problems

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    The objective of this chapter is to solve a few simple but very important particle dynamics problems that may be reduced to \(1 D\) motion. They notably include the famous "planetary" problem of two particles interacting via a spherically-symmetric potential, and the classical particle scattering problem. In the process of solution, several methods that will be very essential for the analysis of more complex systems are also discussed.

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