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

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Work done by gravity on a ball & the ball on earth

I have studied today that if a ball was to fall a certain height, then the work done by gravity on the ball would equal the work done by the ball's equal and opposite gravitational pull. By $W=Fd$, ...
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Who does work while walking?

While walking the work done by friction is zero. But who does the work, actually? How someone is getting displaced? This situation also arises when someone climbs without slipping or is climbing a ...
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Calculating work done by spring [on hold]

Here is my problem: "One end of a spring of natural length $h$ and spring constant $k$ is fixed at the ground and the other end is fitted with a smooth ring of mass $m$ which is free to slide on a ...
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Special case of work done by two opposing forces of equal magnitude on a body possesing inertial motion

Consider an elevator moving upward with constant velocity. The constant velocity is maintained by an upward tensional force equal to weight. If we add the total work done on the elevator it will be ...
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Finding the work Done by Normal force? [closed]

The problem is as follows: There is a Right Angled Wedge fixed in an box against left wall. The angle of incline of the wedge is 45 degrees from the horizontal. The height of the wedge is same as ...
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Confusion relating the application of Work-Energy theorem

Could someone kindly explain the solution to my confusion? When we walk at a constant speed up a steep hill, is work being done? Then why isn't our kinetic energy changing as work done is equal to ...
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Action Reaction Pairs and Work

Say that a ball is sitting in front of a compressed spring launcher. The spring is then released. The spring applies a force on the ball for a certain distance. This force is accompanied by an equal ...
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What is the work done below proportional to? [closed]

A raindrop falls from a certain height to the ground, with a terminal velocity u. The viscous force is F = 6*3.14*n*r*v, where n is the coefficient of viscosity, r is the radius of the raindrop, and v ...
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What does $ {\bf F} = \frac{\mathrm{d}W}{\mathrm{d}{\bf x}}$ actually mean?

What does the formula $$ {\bf F} ~=~ \frac{\mathrm{d}W}{\mathrm{d}{\bf x}}$$ actually mean? Here $\mathrm{d}W$ is the work done in a small period, ${\bf F}$ is the force and $\mathrm{d}{\bf x}$ is a ...
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Computing average force exerted by ground when jumping

Problem: A man of mass $m$ jumps vertically into the air from a sitting position in which his center of mass (CoM) is at a height $h_1$. When his feet are just about to leave the ground his CoM is at ...
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What is the work done against a force?

Suppose a particle travels a path $\gamma : I\subset \mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}^3$ subject to a force $\mathbf{F}: \mathbb{R}^3\to T\mathbb{R}^3$, then we know that we define the work done by the force ...
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Find the minimum force that has to be applied to the block $m_1$ so that the other block just begins to slide

This is a problem from the book 'Problems in General Physics' by I E Irodov. Two blocks of masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ are placed on a rough horizontal surface, connected by a light spring. Find the ...
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Flywheels and work

I'll start with a scenario for some control in the concepts I'm asking about today. Forgive me in advance, I never had the chance to explore physics in school, but I'd be happy to learn something new ...
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How to work out the work done to put a satellite into orbit?

I'm having troubles doing questions that involve how to put a satellite into orbit. So we have a satellite in orbit 20500 km above earth, (and earth radius = 6380 km), the satellites mass is 1000 kg, ...
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Work and Kinetic energy rely on each other which came first?

In all the places I've looked kinetic energy is derived from the definition of work, but I don't understand how the definition of work was developed with out the concept of kinetic energy. My question ...
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Work done definition

Work done is defined as the dot product of force and displacement. However, intuitively, should it not be the product of force and the time for which the body is acted upon by the force(force * time) ...
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How do you calculate the power needed to keep something stationary? [duplicate]

1) If I place an object on a table, it will sit there forever. There's no change in potential or kinetic energy. If I hold the object at the end of my outstretched arm, eventually I can't do it ...
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Work done by a frictional force on a cylinder

A cylinder of mass $m$ and radius $R$, is rolled on surface with coefficient of kinetic friction $\mu_{k}$ about the axis passing through the center and parallel to the surface, with initial ...
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Where does energy go when performing a useless effort?

I went to school one day, so I thought I was able to get this simple one.. but it looks like I'm not anymore. :( One lonely little spaceship is resting into space. It has a small fuel capacity that ...
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Is work done by how much velocity is changed or how much displacement is done?

A sailboat is moving at a constant velocity. Is work being done by a net external force acting on the boat? The answer key is "No" according to the work energy theorem about work is done when ...
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The physical definition of work seems paradoxical

So this is possibly a misunderstanding of the meaning of work, but all the Physics texts, sites, and wiki that I've read don't clear this up for me: In the simplest case with the simplest statement, ...
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Work to pump water through a hole in a trapezoidal prism

So I don't want to give the full details of the problem I'm working on, since I want to solve it myself. But I'm not sure which physical principles I'm supposed to use, since this is a Calc 2 ...
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Wrong calculation of work done on a spring, how is it wrong?

So I would have thought that this would be how you derive the work on a spring: basically the same way you do with gravity and other contexts, use $$W=\vec{F}\cdot \vec{x}.$$ If you displace a spring ...
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Changing from potential to kinetic energy

During a conversation with a friend, I began to wonder if there's is a term for the transformation of potential energy to kinetic energy, and vice versa.Is there a term for the process of converting ...
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How is work done by a system in static equilibrium? [duplicate]

For a little colour: this came from my wondering why fork-lifts are hydraulically driven, rather than electromechanically. My question is this: why is it that some systems, while in static ...
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Does distance traveled by a vehicle after its engine has been switched off depend on its mass at all?

A vehicle moving with some velocity on a rough horizontal road finally comes to rest after its engine has been turned off. Intuitively, it seems a vehicle with greater mass would stop first because it ...
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What is the mathematical definition of work?

I'm looking for the pure mathematical definition of work, but I haven't yet learned line integrals. My book says that the work due to a force ${\bf F}$ from point $A$ to point $B$ is $$ W= |AB|\cdot ...
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Work done in pulling a rope from a boat

A boy sitting on a boat pulls on a rope with a constant force $F$ over a duration of time $t$. The other end of the rope is either tied to a bridge or to another freely floating boat of equal mass. ...
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Why can't the work done by a non-conservative force be zero?

Why can't the work done by a non-conservative force be zero? The displacement along a closed path is always zero. So, whatever be the type of force, variable or constant, the work has to be zero. Why ...
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What is the relationship between Force and Kinetic Energy?

I am an Middle-School (Grade 8) student, who is self-learning classical mechanics. I saw this equation from Classical Mechanics: $\vec F=m \vec a$, the following equation is pretty straight forward ...
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Why is work not related to velocity?

A very simple question; why does it cost me more energy to very slowly lift a mass $m$ over my head compared to very fast? The definition of work does not state anything about velocity, only the ...
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Is there work being done if no displacement occurs?

So the definition of work is $W = \vec{F}\cdot\vec{s}$. Say I have a point mass which is being pushed on both sides by equal forces and therefore does not move. Does this mean that no work is being ...
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On the definition of work

Work is defined as $$W = \vec{F}\cdot\vec{s}$$ But what what exactly is $\vec{s}$? Is it the displacement of the body on which the force is being applied? Or is it the displacement of the point of ...
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Work done by magnetic field on magnetic dipole

In the above slide, it reads that $W=\int\mu B sin(\theta)d\theta=\mu B cos(\theta)$. But, I thought that $\int\mu B sin(\theta)d\theta=-\mu B cos(\theta)$ by some calculus calculation. Can ...
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Energy density and Carnot cycle

For example, diesel has about 40 MJ/kg, what does it mean? Is that if we burn it we will get 40 MJ of energy per kg, but we can not get all of it to mechanical work? If that is the case, then why ...
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Why is work in a constant electric field equal to the force times distance?

Let's say, for example, that an infinite plate generates a constant electric field that exerts a force of 6N on a 1C charge. To move the charge from a distance of 5m to 1m from the plate, the work ...
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Kinematics and Energy - Finding the work done in projectile motion

If you are asked to find the work done by gravity on a projectile, the force will obviously be the mass multiplied by gravitational acceleration. What will the displacement be, the horizontal or ...
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How do I relate $ds$ to $dx$?

A block of mass $5\text{ kg}$ is kept on an inclined plane with angle of inclination $37°$, attached to a spring with spring constant $10\text{ N/m}$ kept at the base of the incline. The ...
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Placing two similarly charged particles in space

Now, I will make a hypothetical situation. Assume that we place two similarly charged particles (lets take electrons) in space. Imagine that there is no other force acting on the particles except the ...
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Does inducing charge on a grounded conductor do work?

Imagine a grounded conductor as an plane of infinite area. If I bring a charge to a close proximity to the plane, it induces some charge distribution on the conductor. The question is: is any work ...
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Charge Image Problem: Work done on charges on the plate

Assume there is an infinite grounded conducting plane in the $xy$-plane. Assume also that a point charge is being brought slowly from $z=\infty$ to $z=z_0$, slowly enough that the problem is treated ...
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Starcraft II: Estimate how much air a viper would have to move to abduct an ultralisk [closed]

This is a physics question about an in-game world scenario. In Starcraft II, there is a flying unit called "viper". It has the ability to abduct huge, massive enemy units - while remaining stationary ...
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What is the difference between dot and cross product?

What is the difference between dot product and cross product? Why do we use cross product to find torque, why can't we use dot product? Also we use dot product to find work done and not cross ...
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Definition of force, kinetic energy and momentum

I've edited the post. Q1 and Q4 are the important ones but I didn't delete Q2 and Q3 since some older answers would not make sense anymore. To begin with, the formula of the kinetic energy $T$ is ...
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The work done by running in a rectangle

This may be quite off-topic but please help me. Is there any work done when I run in a rectangle? I thought that the answer should be no. But my teacher says that we should calculate each side ...
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Applying conservation of energy to any system?

How would the conservation of energy be applied in any system? Can we always be certain that every system will always obey COE? How can we be certain without measuring the system? Input & Output? ...
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Minimum Power Required

Here is a question, I found two methods to solve it, differing in the answers and I'm not sure why a method is incorrect. Question: A fire hose of cross section area ...
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Is there a mistake in this example in my mechanics textbook?

This is a worked example in my mechanics book: But I think this worked example is wrong. In the 6th line. shouldn't $X=4R$ as the expression for distance above the surface is $(X-R)$ and when the ...
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Why mountain roads are winded up rather than keeping them straight? [closed]

In my opinion, to prevent the line passing from the center of gravity of a body (e.g bike or car) trying to climb the mountain or hill to fall outside the base of support so to maintain stable ...
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What exactly is ''electric energy''?

If the two fundamental types of energy are kinetic and potential energy, is electric energy simply the kinetic energy of charge carriers? Also, is the statement "A cell converts chemical potential ...