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B Difference conservative and non-conversative force

  1. Sep 30, 2016 #1
    I don't understand what is meant by a force being conservative. Is it where the force moves in an easier to calculate manner with straight lines; whereas, non-conservative moves in a curves where you'd have to use integration?
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  3. Sep 30, 2016 #2
    Are you familiar with the concept of work in physics? A force is conservative if the work done in moving a particle between two points does not depend on the path taken.
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