Essential University Physics: Volume 1 (4th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-134-98855-8
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Chapter 7 - For Thought and Discussion - Page 130: 1


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Figure a is conservative, for the length and the direction of the arrows is not changing. Figure b is a non-conservative field. While Vector Calculus helps to understand exactly why this is non-conservative, a simple explanation would be that the arrows are changing in magnitude.
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