On some inverse problems in dynamics
Abstract: It is known that the time of traverse of a freely falling body through a straight tunnel connecting any two points of the surface of a uniform spherical planet is isochronous. We show here that if the isochronous property is to hold for any planet with a spherical symmetric density, then the density must be constant. Also it is shown that if the isochronous property is to hold for any uniform spherical planet subject to a central force law, then the force law must be inverse square. However, the isochronous property can hold for one uniform spherical planet with a different force law of attraction.
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