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Homework Help: Force and PE

  1. Dec 18, 2004 #1
    does the integration of Force equal negative potential energy?


    Also, what is the difference between [tex]\oint[/tex] and [tex]\int[/tex]?
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  3. Dec 18, 2004 #2
    Yeah, it should seeing as F = - dU/dx.

    The integral sign with a circle is an integral around a closed loop/surface I think, whereas the normal integral sign isn't.
  4. Dec 18, 2004 #3
    so: W’=F=-dPE/dt
  5. Dec 18, 2004 #4


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    The [tex]\oint[/tex] is often used for a curve integral (whether or not the curve is looped (closed) or not).
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