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5.8: The Gravitational Potentials Near Various Bodies

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    Because potential is a scalar rather than a vector, potentials are usually easier to calculate than field strengths. Indeed, in order to calculate the gravitational field, it is sometimes easier first to calculate the potential and then to calculate the gradient of the potential.