Any force which conserves mechanical energy, as opposed to a nonconservative
force. See statement of conservation of mechanical energy.
A system in which energy is conserved.
Any force which does not conserve mechanical energy, as opposed to a
Property of conservative forces which states that the
work done on any path between two given
points is the same.
The energy of configuration of a conservative system. For formulae, see
Definition of potential energy,
gravitational potential energy, and
Definition of potential energy given a position-dependent
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.
Definition of potential energy.
||ΔU = - W|
Gravitational potential energy.
||UG = mgh|
Statement of conservation of mechanical energy.
||Δ(U+K) = 0|
Definition of total mechanical energy.
||U + K = E|
Definition of potential energy given a position-dependent force.
||ΔU = - F(x)dx|