Difference between revisions of "Inverse-square law"

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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">A relation between physical quantities of the form: ''x'' is proportional to 1/''y''<sup>2</sup>,  where ''y'' is most often a distance, and ''x'' is often a force or [[flux]].</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">An example of the inverse square law is the decrease of radiative flux with distance from a [[point  source]], as is often used to approximate [[radiation]] reaching the earth from the sun.</div><br/> </div>
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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">A relation between physical quantities of the form: ''x'' is proportional to 1/''y''<sup>2</sup>,  where ''y'' is most often a distance, and ''x'' is often a force or [[flux]].</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">An example of the inverse square law is the decrease of radiative flux with distance from a [[point source|point  source]], as is often used to approximate [[radiation]] reaching the earth from the sun.</div><br/> </div>
 
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Latest revision as of 17:14, 25 April 2012



inverse-square law

A relation between physical quantities of the form: x is proportional to 1/y2, where y is most often a distance, and x is often a force or flux.

An example of the inverse square law is the decrease of radiative flux with distance from a point source, as is often used to approximate radiation reaching the earth from the sun.