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Is electric potential conservative? yes.?

  1. Jun 19, 2010 #1
    is electric potential conservative?

    is it correct?
     
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  3. Jun 19, 2010 #2

    gabbagabbahey

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    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?
     
  4. Jun 19, 2010 #3
    yes it is a scalar so is it conservative
     
  5. Jun 19, 2010 #4

    gabbagabbahey

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    What definiton of "conservative" are you using?
     
  6. Jun 19, 2010 #5

    K^2

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    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.
     
  7. Jun 19, 2010 #6

    gabbagabbahey

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

    All scalars are path independent.
     
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