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Conservation of momentum and conservation of mechanical energy

  1. Jan 3, 2015 #1


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    What are the conditions necessary for applying the conservation of mechanical energy or the conservation of momentum? Can we apply these anywhere or do we require specific conditions which have to be fulfilled for applying them?
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  3. Jan 3, 2015 #2
    $$W_{external}=\triangle E$$

    So if there is no external work , the ENERGY is conserved , otherwise the change in energy is equal to the external work.

    The same thing has to be with momentum ,

    $$F_{external}=\frac{\triangle L}{t}$$

    If there is no external force the MOMENTUM is conserved too,.

    Hope this answer your question ,,
  4. Jan 3, 2015 #3


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    I can't understand the expressions. They appear to be in the code form and not the actual formula types. :|
  5. Jan 3, 2015 #4
    How is that ??! Are you logging in from your smartphone or tablet ?

    Any way , the first formulas is

    W= [Delta] E

    F= ([Delta] L) / ([Delta] T) ,,.
  6. Jan 3, 2015 #5


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    Yes. Smartphone.

    Thank you so much. :D
  7. Jan 3, 2015 #6
    Your smartphone may not supporting latex , the language used to write the mathematical and physical expressions and equations ,,

  8. Jan 3, 2015 #7
    Why do you spell energy and momentum in capital letters
  9. Jan 3, 2015 #8
    The conservation of energy and momentum is the consequence of invariance of the physical problem at hand under translation in time and position.
    For example in a crystal only discrete translations leave the physics unchanged. As a consequence momentum is not fully conserved.
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  10. Jan 3, 2015 #9
    just to concentrate more on these keywords ,,
  11. Jan 3, 2015 #10


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    Staff: Mentor

    Say which what?
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