Physics 101- Introduction to Mechanics
March 13- Conservation of Energy

 

 

 

 
 

 

  Conservative Forces

The figure shows three paths connecting points A and B.  A single force F does the indicated work on a particle moving along each path in the indicated direction.  On the basis of this information, is force F conservative?
 

 
 

Conservative forces donít depend on time, velocity or direction of travel.
 
 
 
 

 

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Jeff Phillips
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Loyola Marymount University
Spring 2002