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Document Type

Research

Abstract

By considering a boundary value problem of Laplace's differential equation, we construct a gravitational potential function for an oblate spheroid using Newton's law of universal gravitation. We construct this function by retaining only four terms of an absolutely convergent series. The first of these four terms is the contribution due to a sphere while the other three terms contain coefficients which are functions of the oblateness of the spheroid.

Publication Date

1962

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

69

Issue

1

First Page

431

Last Page

435

Copyright

© Copyright 1962 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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