# Conservative forces and conservation of energy

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Conservative forces and conservation of energy

Work of gravity Final position Final position Final position
Initial position Final position Initial position Final position Initial position Final position

Work of gravity Work is not dependent on path
Initial position Final position Initial position Final position Initial position Final position Work is not dependent on path Work is only dependent on initial and final position

Conservative Force The force of gravity is a conservative force.
The work of a conservative force is not dependent on path only dependent on initial and final position The force of gravity is a conservative force.

Examples for non-conservative forces
Initial position Final position Initial position Final position Friction force Applied force of pushing or pulling Initial position Final position Initial position Final position

Which of the following are conservative forces? Justify answer.
Gravity close to the surface of the earth Force of the engine of a snow mobile Force exerted by a horizontal spring on a mass The force exerted while pushing a child on a swing Drag force on a parachute at terminal velocity Gravity of Earth in moon’s orbit Normal force

If only conservative forces do work:
Therefore:

Use the work-kinetic energy theorem Use conservation of energy
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Determine its maximum speed.
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Potential energy of a spring
x0 x F Reference: U=0 where x=0

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What would you suggest he can do to make it anyway?
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