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## Waynex On the supplemental problems for pset 8, question 4A-4, it says the force field has a magnitude of k/r. The "expression" for this force field has the scalar multiplier k/r^2. I don't understand the reasoning for r to become r^2 when k stays the same. one year ago one year ago

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<-y,x> has a magnitude of: $y ^{2}+x ^{2}.$ And that magnitude is an equation for a circle. So we can represent that magnitude by $r ^{2}.$ In order to scale that magnitude to the required magnitude of:$\frac{ 1 }{ r },$ we need to multiply the vector <-y,x> by $\frac{ 1 }{ r ^{2} }.$