The product of the force on an object and the displacement the object undergoes along the direction of the force.

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Change without Work [on hold]

Is it possible for the state of the universe to change without any work at all being done? Or, more specifically, is it possible for some physical change to occur without work being done? (Note that ...
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Work done by tension when a particle is tied to a vertical cylinder using a thread and given a velocity perpendicular to the thread

For a particle attached to a rope moving along a circle that has the length of rope as radius, the tension provides centripetal force and work done by tension is zero since velocity of particle is ...
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Is work done by a pseudo force?

If a body is viewed from the frame of another body which is itself accelerating will work be done by the pseudo force acting on first body in the frame of second body ( provided the first body is ...
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What was the motivation behind the work formula?

Surely there must be a reason we decided to use this as a metric for mechanical energy.How was it developed and what made it more acceptable than other work formula candidates (Like force over time, ...
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What is the relationship between entropy and work? [closed]

Can someone explain the relationship between entropy and work? I've been reading my textbook and looking online but I feel like I'm missing something. Can someone explain it in layman's terms :)
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Does work done require interaction between system and surrounding?

There's no work done for a person climbing upstairs because the energy is converted to PE within system only. The person is the system. How true is the above statement?
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Is there an intuitive explanation of the work formula?

Upon learning calculus, I decided it was time to derive all of classical mechanics to give myself a good understanding of physics. What I found was that, while trying to do so, I would need some ...
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Work done by a constant force [on hold]

Is a constant force always conservative? What I tried (Assuming $F$ and $dr$ to be in same direction ) $W=\int Fdr$ Now since $F$ is constant hence it becomes $F \int dr=F \times ...
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How can Kinetic energy formula and the Work formula be derived without assuming the other to be true?

After searching how to derive the formula for Kinetic energy, I found that most derivations required the use of the "work" formula. After searching how to derive the work formula for a bit, I found ...
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How to calculate the work of the electrostatic forces in a parallel-plate capacitor?

The expression of the energy stored in a parallel-plate capacitor is: $$U = \frac{e_0\cdot A \cdot V^2}{2d}$$ with $e_0$ the vacuum permittivity, $A$ the surface of the capacitor, $V$ the applied ...
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How does permanent magnets attract each other if the $B$-field can do no work? [duplicate]

How can two permanent magnets do work on each other? If you put two magnets with opposite poles facing each other they will attract each other. If you put them with the same poles facing each other ...
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The formula for calculating work transfer for a reversible adiabatic compression

Should we not be using Pdv for calculating the work done during a reversible adiabatic process ? Why are we using Vdp ? Can some one please explain this ? (P.S. I'm taking an introductory course on ...
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Usage of the formula Pdv for irreversible thermodynamic processes

Why do we use the formula Pdv for calculating work done in a irreversible process ? As per my knowledge , the term P indicates the pressure of the surrounding , which infinitesimally differs for the ...
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Work - constant or zero speed

Say I'm riding a bicycle at speed $v$. There's air that causes drag force, let's suppose it's constant, equal $F$, and it doesn't change with speed (we know it does increase quadratically with speed, ...
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How can I interpret $P(t) = \frac{1}{Q(t)} \frac{dW(t)}{dt}$ physically?

Generally speaking, one can calculate the work, $W$ (energy) required to compress a volume, $V$ of gas by integrating the pressure-volume 'loop' in a phase-space as $$W=\oint PdV$$ where $P$ is the ...
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Internal energy of an ideal gas as a function of volume

Okay so I've been reading a bit on Thermodynamics and I found something that I couldn't wrap around my head. For an ideal gas, the change in internal energy is equal to $$\Delta U = Q + W$$ And ...
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work and energy dilemma in an inclined [closed]

An example problem done in my book: A driver was driving a car of mass 1000 kg through an inclined plane which makes an angle of 30° with plane with a velocity of 25 m/s . Then he saw a boy 50 m ...
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Acceleration orthogonal to movement direction

I've been told that acceleration orthogonal to an objects movement direction doesn't require energy. Thus when a satellite goes around the earth, the change in direction caused by gravity doesn't use ...
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How is the kinetic energy of an object in collision converted to work done in deforming itself?

Usually, in a perfectly inelastic collision, maximum amount of KE is lost. I guess it depends on the rigidity of that object collision if any KE at all will be converted to work done to deform. ...
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How is power of a water pump related to amount of water delivered from pipe?

My book says: Suppose a pump motor is used to deliver water at a certain rate from a given pipe. To get n times the water from same pipe in same time the power must be increased by $n^3$ ...
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Infinite acceleration

Let's say we have two planets at a stand still within reasonable distance of each other. They will accelerate towards each other and subsequently collide. If instead we give them a sufficient (but ...
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How is Work by a System Interpretated in the First Law?

Good evening. I've happened to be sitting down today and just couldn't wrap my head around this question which seems rather simple at first. From reading about the first law and sign conventions as it ...
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How can we account for a friction force changing sign in a conservation of energy equation?

I want to solve a simple mechanical problem whereby three forces act upon an object. $F_1 = (10 - x)$ N $F_2 = -3 N$ (friction force) $F_3 = -10x$ N So at $x$ = 0 we see that $F_1$ + $F_2$ + $F_3$ ...
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Virtual work (generalized forces) for rotation with Euler angles

Here is what we know from virtual work: \begin{equation} \delta W=\sum_{i=1}^N{\vec F_i\cdot\delta\vec r_{i}} \end{equation} Where $N$ is the number of bodies in the system. I am considering a ...
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When is work done on or by something?

An example, here what my textbook says: When charges are released In electric fields charges experience the force causing them to accelerate along electric field vectors. Positive charges ...
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What is the work done?

A painter uses 1.93kJ of mechanical energy to pull on the rope and lift a 20kg paint barrel at constant speed to a height of 7.5m above the ground. How much work was done lifting the paint barrel? ...
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Is work-kinetic energy theorem useless?

This is how my book explains it: $W_{net} = \delta K$ Since the net work is tied to changes in kinetic energy and changes in speed, a mass must accelerate in order for net work to be nonzero. ...
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What exactly is work?

What exactly is work? My book confuses me: a force can lift an object to a height h, or it can accelerate an object through gravity. In all these cases, a force displaces an object and change the ...
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Work done by friction on a ball flying through air [closed]

A baseball of mass 145 g leaves a pitcher’s hand at 150km/hr, but due to constant air resistance, it arrives at home plate 20.0m away traveling at 145km/hr Assume that the magnitude of the ball’s ...
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Net work done by projectiles?

When the projectile is in motion what is the net work done on projectiles? What i think? 0 first view: We know when we throw projectiles the initial KE and final KE is 0. So from work energy ...
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How does The work done in going around any path in a gravitational field is zero implies conservation of energy?

In The Feynman Lectures, Feynman states: The work done in going around any path in a gravitational field is zero. This is a very remarkable result. It tells us something we did not previously ...
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Can the energy/power required to mix two fluids together be calculated?

Given two fluids; say for example oxygen and nitrogen gases. By simply introducing, again for example 1 liter of each gas into a closed container, the process of diffusion alone will eventually cause ...
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A confusion regarding an example in The Feynman Lectures

In The Feynman Lectures, In the chapter entitled Work and potential energy, Feynman states: The work done in going around any path in a gravitational field is zero. This is a very remarkable ...
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Isn't the data insufficient in this problem?

take a look at this problem: a 1000 kg roller coaster car is towed at a constant speed up a 40 meters hill, what is the work done by the tow rope? don't we need the slope of the hill and the static ...
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Friction as a Non-conservative force

Intuitively, one can find friction to be a non-conservative force. How can one prove that it is non-conservative?
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Work done by battery and potential energy of a capacitor

I have a doubt about the work done by a battery and the potential energy of a capacitor? 1- Consider a circuit where the capacitors are connected to the terminals of a battery. Through calculations ...
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Question about pistons and how their volume is affected by particles?

I can't find an answer to this anywhere. When pressure is maintained in a piston and an ideal gas is injected into it (again, with no change in pressure as it is injected) the piston is displaced ...
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How can magnetic fields have energy and yet be unable to do work with that energy? [duplicate]

Magnetic fields can't do work. However, we use the following equation to describe the energy density of a magnetic field. $u = \frac{B^2}{2\mu_0}$ The term energy density suggests that the magnetic ...
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Does stopping the same bike and rider at the same velocity with the front brake require less energy than the back brake?

It's the same body made by the rider and the bike moving at the same speed. So, even though braking on the front/back alters the normal forces on the opposite wheels thus creating more friction with ...
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Why is the net work done in a pulley-string system zero?

In any pulley system, where the pulleys and strings are massless and frictionless, why is the net work done by Tension zero?
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Distinguishing Isentropic Process; Are all things in an insulated cylinder considered reversible adiabatic?

How much work is necessary to compress air in an insulated cylinder from 0.20m^3 to 0.01m^3. Use T1 = 20C and P1 = 100 kPa. I don't need to solution or the answer. I already have it. But I think ...
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Work done by friction on a body?

I know that when a body slides over a surface, the work done by friction is not stored as potential energy in the body. It is dissipated in the form of heat. But why is it not stored as potential ...
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Derivative of kinetic energy [closed]

I read that the derivative of kinetic energy=$F\cdot v$. I tried to differentiate (1/2) mv^2 with respect to time but each time I am getting $m*v$ and not $m*a*v$ which solves to $F*v$. My efforts are ...
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Help understanding work

I have this problem: An object with 800kg mass is lifted up 2.4m by a force $F$. How much work does the Force do on the object (gravity is the only other force acting on the object)? From what ...
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Work in the First Law of Thermodynamics

The First Law can be stated as $\Delta U=Q-W$, where $W$ is the work done by the system. My question is what kind of work $W$ includes. $W$ certainly includes $PV$ work, i.e. expansion and compression ...
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Classical Mechanics — Sign of work done

It seems that work has two possible ways to decide it's sign: Whether you take the perspective of the system or the surrounding (whether you consider work done on the system as positive, or work done ...
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Trajectories piecewise smooth?

In my studies of calculus and real analysis I have found the proofs of several theorems, commonly used in physics, such as those concerning the conservativity of fields, for example like If ...
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Question on units for integrating F vs x graph

I had a homework problem with this graph of F(Newtons) vs x(meters). The graph has a straight line (constant slope) from (0,0) to (8,10). And the slope ((10-0)/(8-0)) came out to be 1.25, making the ...
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Reaction enthalpy-work relationship in a closed piston-cylinder assembly undergoing a chemical reaction

In an closed and insulated piston-cylinder assembly under constant pressure. From first law I should expect $-p(V_f-V_i) = U_f – U_i$ and thus $H_f = H_i$ and $h_f = h_i$. If an exothermic reaction ...
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How much energy is saved when using luggage with wheels? [closed]

How much energy is saved when using luggage with wheels as opposed to carrying the luggage? Thanks.