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Conservative and non-conservative systems

  1. Feb 20, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The potential energy (V) of a conservative system is a function of position (q) only. Thus, V = V(q) for any conservative system.

    When a conservative system interacts with radiation (spectroscopy), then the PE of the system depends explicitly on time (t) also: V = V(q,t).

    Is the latter system a non-conservative system? Is V = V(q,t) characteristic of a non-conservative system, just like V = V(q) is characteristic of a conservative system?

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



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  3. Feb 21, 2012 #2
    Do you know what a hamiltonian is and what the hamiltonian equations of motion are?
     
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