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Homework Help: Conservative force

  1. Nov 7, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    For the following force, determine whether it is conservative or not.

    2. Relevant equations


    i, j, k being unit vectors and a and b are constants

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I found the curl to be: (-14abz)i-(10ab^2y^4)k. This means its non-conservative. I think this is correct, but some of my classmates got it to be conservative. If i am wrong, how do i go about this?
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  3. Nov 7, 2007 #2


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    the ans for your curl is correct.
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