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Bertrand's theorem

Bertrand’s theorem in classical mechanics: the only central forces for which all orbits are closed are f(r)=arf(r) = a r and f(r)=br 2f(r) = - b r^{-2} where a,b>0a,b\gt 0. In both cases the orbits are ellipses, centered at origin in the first case and with the focus in the center in the second case.

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