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Success in the portion of our class covering the Conservation of
Energy for a system of particles is determined by your being able
to accomplish the tasks listed below.  The major objectives are
listed by number.  The list under each major objective includes
both subtopics of that objective (usually topics which are
required for a complete understanding of that major objective)
and also the multiple representations of the task in which you
are expected to be proficient.

1. Understand the concept of change in potential energy (for a
given system of particles) as work done by conservative
forces (on all particles in the system)
Selecting the system configuration which will be assigned
to zero system potential energy
Gravitational potential energy for Earth and a moveable
object near Earth's surface
Elastic potential energy for Earth, an ideal spring, and
an object attached to the spring's free end.
For systems in which motion of one moveable particle is
confined to one dimension, convert between potential energy
functions (U(x)) and conservative force functions (F_C(x));
be able to do the conversion in either direction
For systems in which motion of one moveable particle is
confined to one dimension, be able to interpret energy
diagrams for cases in which the work done by nonconservative
forces is zero

2. Understand and apply the principle of Conservation of
Energy in the form relating work done by nonconservative
forces to changes in system mechanical energy
Definition of mechanical energy for a system of particles
Conservation of Mechanical Energy for systems experiencing
changes in gravitational and/or elastic potential energy
Graphs of potential energy versus position for motions
restricted to one dimension with no nonconservative
forces doing work
Engines doing positive nonconservative work
Resistive forces doing negative nonconservative work
Combine an understanding of energy methods with an
understanding of Second-Law methods

3. Understand and apply the principle of Conservation of
Energy in the form relating changes in internal energy
to changes in system mechanical energy
Engines converting internal energy to increases in
system mechanical energy
Resistive forces converting system mechanical energy
to internal energy
Combine an understanding of energy methods with an
understanding of Second-Law methods

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