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 conservative force.
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 force.
The energy of motion.
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|