# 7.4 Conservative forces and potential energy  (Page 2/8)

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${\text{PE}}_{\text{s}}=\frac{1}{2}{\text{kx}}^{2}\text{,}$

where $k$ is the spring’s force constant and $x$ is the displacement from its undeformed position. The potential energy represents the work done on the spring and the energy stored in it as a result of stretching or compressing it a distance $x$ . The potential energy of the spring ${\text{PE}}_{s}$ does not depend on the path taken; it depends only on the stretch or squeeze $x$ in the final configuration.

The equation ${\text{PE}}_{s}=\frac{1}{2}{\text{kx}}^{2}$ has general validity beyond the special case for which it was derived. Potential energy can be stored in any elastic medium by deforming it. Indeed, the general definition of potential energy    is energy due to position, shape, or configuration. For shape or position deformations, stored energy is ${\text{PE}}_{s}=\frac{1}{2}{\text{kx}}^{2}$ , where $k$ is the force constant of the particular system and $x$ is its deformation. Another example is seen in [link] for a guitar string.

## Conservation of mechanical energy

Let us now consider what form the work-energy theorem takes when only conservative forces are involved. This will lead us to the conservation of energy principle. The work-energy theorem states that the net work done by all forces acting on a system equals its change in kinetic energy. In equation form, this is

${W}_{\text{net}}=\frac{1}{2}{\text{mv}}^{2}-\frac{1}{2}{{\text{mv}}_{0}}^{2}=\Delta \text{KE.}$

If only conservative forces act, then

${W}_{\text{net}}={W}_{\text{c}}\text{,}$

where ${W}_{c}$ is the total work done by all conservative forces. Thus,

${W}_{\text{c}}=\text{Δ}\text{KE.}$

Now, if the conservative force, such as the gravitational force or a spring force, does work, the system loses potential energy. That is, ${W}_{\text{c}}=-\text{Δ}\text{PE}$ . Therefore,

$-\text{Δ}\text{PE}=\text{Δ}\text{KE}$

or

$\text{Δ}\text{KE}+\text{Δ}\text{PE}=0.$

This equation means that the total kinetic and potential energy is constant for any process involving only conservative forces. That is,

where i and f denote initial and final values. This equation is a form of the work-energy theorem for conservative forces; it is known as the conservation of mechanical energy    principle. Remember that this applies to the extent that all the forces are conservative, so that friction is negligible. The total kinetic plus potential energy of a system is defined to be its mechanical energy    , $\left(\text{KE}+\text{PE}\right)$ . In a system that experiences only conservative forces, there is a potential energy associated with each force, and the energy only changes form between $\text{KE}$ and the various types of $\text{PE}$ , with the total energy remaining constant.

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