how to identify whether a force is conservative or non-conservative?

Asked by architsrivastava02 | 21st Jan, 2011, 12:00: AM

Expert Answer:

Dear student

If the work done by a force during a round trip of a system is always zero, the force is said to be conservative. Otherwise, it is non-conservative.

If the work done by a force depends only on the initial and final states and not on the path taken, then it is a conservative force e.g. force of gravity . Otherwise, it is non-conservative e.g. force of friction.


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Answered by  | 21st Jan, 2011, 07:23: PM

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