Conservation of Energy

Conservation of Energy - Definition of potential energy,...

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Conservation of Energy Terms and Formulae Terms Conservative force - Any force which conserves mechanical energy, as opposed to a nonconservative force. See statement of conservation of mechanical energy. Conservative System - A system in which energy is conserved. Nonconservative Force - Any force which does not conserve mechanical energy, as opposed to a conservative force. Path independence - Property of conservative forces which states that the work done on any path between two given points is the same. Potential energy - The energy of configuration of a conservative system. For formulae, see
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Unformatted text preview: Definition of potential energy, gravitational potential energy, and Definition of potential energy given a position-dependent force. Kinetic Energy - The energy of motion. Total mechanical energy - The sum of the kinetic and potential energy of a conservative system. See definition of total mechanical energy. Formulae Definition of potential energy. U = - W Gravitational potential energy. U G = mgh Statement of conservation of mechanical energy. ( U + K ) = 0 Definition of total mechanical energy. U + K = E Definition of potential energy given a position-dependent force. U = - F ( x ) dx...
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course PHY PHY2053 taught by Professor Davidjudd during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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