Is electric potential conservative? yes.?

1. Jun 19, 2010

seto6

is electric potential conservative?

is it correct?

2. Jun 19, 2010

gabbagabbahey

Electrostatic fields are conservative (a conservative field is one that can be represented as the gradient of some scalar potential). Electric potential is a scalar, so I'm not sure what you mean by conservative....what is a conservative scalar?

3. Jun 19, 2010

seto6

yes it is a scalar so is it conservative

4. Jun 19, 2010

gabbagabbahey

What definiton of "conservative" are you using?

5. Jun 19, 2010

K^2

Conservative potential is a potential that gives rise to conservative force.

Alternatively, it's one that is path independent, and is simply a function of coordinate.

6. Jun 19, 2010

gabbagabbahey

That definition makes no sense. Any single-valued scalar potential will give rise to a conservative field.

All scalars are path independent.