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Name: Nonconservative Forces
ID: m42150
Language: English (en)
  • Define nonconservative forces and explain how they affect mechanical energy.
  • Show how the principle of conservation of energy can be applied by treating the conservative forces in terms of their potential energies and any nonconservative forces in terms of the work they do.
Subject: Mathematics and Statistics
Keywords: conservative force, friction, nonconservative force, thermal energy
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: OpenStax College (
Copyright Holders: Rice University (
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Latest version: 1.6 (history)
First publication date: Dec 21, 2011 1:22 pm -0600
Last revision to module: Oct 15, 2012 3:20 pm -0500


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Version: 1.6 Oct 15, 2012 3:20 pm -0500 by OSC Physics Maintainer
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