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Homework Help: Conservative forces question

  1. Nov 22, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Our body muscles exert forces when we lift, push, run, jump, and so forth. Are these forces conservative?

    It's a yes or no question.

    2. Relevant equations

    Not really sure what to put here, as it's not an equation kind of problem.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm pretty sure they're not conservative, as I can't think of any potential I'd be able to associate with a force I apply, nor can I imagine them as a field. I only have one submission (it's an online homework), so I'd just like some confirmation on that.
    Thank you so much!
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  3. Nov 22, 2009 #2


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    Well, how do you define a conservative vs. non-conservative force? If I lift a ball off the ground, surely chemical energy has been transfered to the ball to give it a potential energy, but does that tell the whole story?
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