# gravitational potential

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## gravitational potential

n.
The work per unit of mass required to move a mass from a reference point to a specified point, measured in joules per kilogram. The gravitational field is the negative of the gradient of the gravitational potential.
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We generalized the Friedmann--Einstein formulae for multi-component matter in the universe, incorporating radiation, n = 4, cold atomic matter, n = 3, and a negative pressure component, n = 2, which we supposed to be connected with the gravitational potential of the total universe or in other words, with Mach's principle.
"Most star clusters in the Galactic disk disperse rapidly after their birth as they do not contain enough stars to create a deep gravitational potential well, or in other words, they do not have enough glue to keep them together.
Dark matter and the isolated stars, which form the intracluster light, follow the gravitational potential of the cluster and act as collisionless components.
In doing so, it appears that he was the first to combine gravitational potential energy with the kinetic energy for a gas, as derived from the ideal gas law, and thereby obtained an expression defining the mean temperature of a star.
We call attention to the fact that a phase shift of the form given in (29) would be predicted for a quantum mechanical particle in the presence of any scalar potential; in our case it is the Newtonian gravitational potential. In order to fully describe this effect we need only quantum mechanics and Newton theory.
Untapped power potential In response to the letter from Bryan Leyland (PE February), unless things are different down under, tidal-stream turbines in the northern hemisphere do not convert the gravitational potential energy of sea-level fluctuations into electrical energy.
Figure 5 shows the contours of the lapse function a (roughly corresponding to the gravitational potential) and corresponding density profiles at cycle numbers, 0, 5200, and 25800 ([approximately equal to] 0, 5, and 19 orbits).
In case there is not only the electromagnetic potential but also gravitational potential, the octonion torque will be reduced to
There should be no gravitational force at the very center of Earth, Conover says, "but general relativity teaches us that clocks run slower due to the gravitational potential, not gravitational forces.

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