# An interesting trajectory

**Classical Mechanics**Level 5

A particle describes a path (see the figure below) which in polar coordinates is given by the equation \[ r^{2}= R^{2}\cos(2\theta).\] It turns out that such trajectory is possible when the particle moves under the influence of a central force of the form \[ F(r)=\frac{C}{r^{n}}\] where \(C\) is a constant, \(r\) is the distance to the origin O and \(n\) is an integer. Determine \(n\).

Note that a central force is always directed toward a fixed point (point O in this case).

**Details and assumptions**

- Consider only one half of the diagram, i.e. the particle travels around the left lobe or the right lobe, but not both.

**Your answer seems reasonable.**Find out if you're right!

**That seems reasonable.**Find out if you're right!

Already have an account? Log in here.