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Name: Conservative Forces and Potential Energy
ID: m42149
Language: English (en)
Summary:
  • Define conservative force, potential energy, and mechanical energy.
  • Explain the potential energy of a spring in terms of its compression when Hooke’s law applies.
  • Use the work-energy theorem to show how having only conservative forces implies conservation of mechanical energy.
Subject: Science and Technology
Keywords: conservation of mechanical energy, conservative force, mechanical energy, potential energy, potential energy of a spring
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: OpenStax College (info@openstaxcollege.org)
Copyright Holders: Rice University (daniel@openstaxcollege.org)
Maintainers: OpenStax College (info@openstaxcollege.org), OSC Physics Maintainer (info@openstaxcollege.org)

Latest version: 1.4 (history)
First publication date: Dec 21, 2011 1:21 pm -0600
Last revision to module: Jul 5, 2012 8:34 pm -0500

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Version: 1.4 Jul 5, 2012 8:34 pm -0500 by OSC Physics Maintainer
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Version: 1.3 Jun 13, 2012 1:29 pm -0500 by OSC Physics Maintainer
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Version: 1.2 May 29, 2012 4:20 pm -0500 by OSC Physics Maintainer
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Version: 1.1 Dec 28, 2011 1:11 pm -0600 by OSC Physics Maintainer
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