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What is the law of conservation of mechanical energy?



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The law of energy conservation states that, in a closed system, the amount of energy never changes. It stems from the classical physics principle that, while energy can be converted from one form to another (from kinetic energy (motion) to thermal energy (heat), for example) energy can neither be created nor destroyed.


Since the different forms of energy are interchangable (kinetic to heat, for example), there is no law of conservation of mechanical energy as such. But in a hypothetical system without friction, air resistance, chemical reactions, etc, mechanical energy could be conserved.