Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite

Edward F. Redish

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When can you conserve energy?

Energy conservation is sometimes a useful principle in helping us solve problems concerning the motion of objects. Suppose a single object is moving subject to a number of forces. Describing how you would know whether energy conservation would hold for the given example and in what kinds of problems you might find it appropriate to use it.

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