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

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Is work done = change in KE, or change in mechanical energy?

Starting from $F = ma$ we get: $$ F=m\frac{dv}{dt} = m\frac{ds}{dt}\frac{dv}{ds} = mv\frac{dv}{ds} $$ which leads to the work done: $$ W = \int Fds = \int mvdv = m\frac{v^2}{2} - m\frac{u^2}{2} \...
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Joule's “Work-Heat Equivalent” Experiment

I have been reading about the Joule's experiment that is supposed to have shown that work is the equivalent of heat. I can't really find the original paper and I am finding trouble understanding how ...
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Calculating the amount of work done for a bench press movement? Is this a reasonable conclusion?

Me and a friend have been working out for some time and have been bench pressing each weak, increasing our weight. Once we started getting to heavier weight we noticed that he was able to get more ...
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Relation between field and Potential energy of a body

I have read that if a body is in a field and is 1. moved in a direction opposite to the direction of a field, its potential energy increases.But why does it increase? 2.Also, if we move the body in a ...
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Is this thought regarding work and potential energy correct?

I am really confused about this. The potential energy acquired by an object is equal to $mgh$, if we are on any planet, where $g$ is the planet's gravitational acceleration, which directly comes from ...
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Work done relation to potential energy

I know work done is negative of change in potential energy, I.e., $W=-(∆U)$. It means that Work done against a force (or work done on a system) increases its potential energy. And Work done by a ...
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An object is accelerating on a rough surface with frictional force of 10N. Is the friction doing any work on the object?

This question might look stupid to some but I am in great confusion. An object, say a box, is moving on a surface with some velocity v and is accelerating. It means that the force applied by the box ...
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Negative work leading us to negative energy [closed]

We know that energy is the ability to do work and we know that the work can be negative as cos theta of the angle in which force is applied can be negative. Moreover we take the units of work and ...
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Virtual Work- Is the presentation in Cornelius Lanczos wrong?

Book: The Variational Principles of Mechanics by Cornelius Lanczos Edition: 4th Chapter: 3, The Principle of Virtual Work I am on the second page of the 3rd chapter (pg 75; it has the Eqn. 31.1). ...
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Need help with signs (+ -) in electric potential work and potential energy problem

The problem is from Sears and Zemansky's University Physics, 12th edition in Spanish. The problem says: How much work is needed to assemble an atomic nucleus that contains three protons if it is ...
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I'm learning Work-energy theorem, this question popped into my mind about Force applied and displacement [closed]

I know a lot but I'm not sure, I'm guessing if 400 J of work done on a 800 Newton object, if I'm correct, 400 N to 800 N... that is 0.5 m displacement, so by $W = \Delta \ KE$ why do I get 200 J? I ...
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Conservation of mechanical energy when object strikes the ground

When I raise a pen, the external work I do gets stored in the form of potential energy hence the mechanical energy is increased. When I leave the pen the pen starts falling and as the potential energy ...
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How can tangential acceleration from a radial force be explained?

A mass is attached to a rope, and put into a circular motion. If I pull the string from the center, the tangential speed of the mass will increase (by conservation of angular momentum). I am ...
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Work done according to Newton's Principia

Actually I was going through the principia, reading Newton's derivations of the properties of ellipses. Suddenly I had this question which got stuck in my mind - Throughout Principia Newton uses the ...
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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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Is the concept of work only defined in mechanics?

I'm studying energy and work, so far it looks like work only makes sense in kinematics (objects that move), but energy makes sense in many other ways (electric, thermodynamic, mechanic). Is work a ...
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Is this definition of work right?

My thermodynamics textbook defines work as follows. Work is motion against an opposing force. But this definition of work doesn't imply that work is done in accelerating a body does it? So is ...
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What is the relation between Force, Physical Strength,Enery and Work?

I am sorry ,but, I am not much of science or a physics guy, if this question sounds stupid. Anyways, what is the relation between all of them. Like for example, does applying more force means more ...
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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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Why does work equal force times distance?

My 'government-issued' book literally says: Energy is the capacity to do work and work is the product of net force and the 1-dimensional distance it made a body travel while constantly affecting ...
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Problems with work on an inclined plane

A constant force $F_a$ of magnitude $82.0N$ is applied to a $3.00 kg$ shoe box at angle $53.0^{\circ}$, causing the box to move up a frictionless ramp at constant speed. How much work is done on the ...
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Why does the sign of Delta H indicate whether the reaction is exothermic or endothermic?

If $\Delta H = Q + W$ (assuming constant conditions), then there are two terms involved in calculating $\Delta H$, only one of which measures heat gained/released. It is possible then for $\Delta H$ ...
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How much work is needed to compress a certain volume of gas?

I want to know the formula (and what does the symbols stand for) for how much work is needed to compress a certain volume of gas?
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How can removing energy from a system do work? (ice)

Water freezing into ice expands, damaging roads, breaking rocks, etc. To my understanding, this is doing work (in a physics sense) by removing energy from the system. How is this possible?
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Thermodynamics: efficiency of a heat engine [closed]

How can we calculate efficiency of a real heat engine? Do we have to consider volume of an object while calculating efficiency? Like in this question If so, how we have to proceed? Thanks in ...
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Why we can use partial derivatives to tell if a force is conservative? [duplicate]

Let us, initially, analysis only a two dimension situation. Assume that $F(x,y)$ is a force dependent on the particle position (give by $x,y$) is proposed that if \begin{equation} \frac{\partial \...
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Why is force negative if PE increases?

I'm looking at the PE vs force graphs for gravity, and it doesn't make sense to me. As potential energy increases (and the object goes higher above the ground), F=-mg. But if I'm raising an object up, ...
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Work done in bringing down a body [closed]

A block of mass $30$ kg is being brought down by a chain. If the block acquires a speed of 40.0 cm/s in dropping down $2.00$ m, find the work done by the chain during the process. I have calculated ...
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What does $P = Fv$ mean? [closed]

The engine of a car is developing a power of 90kW when it is moving on a horizontal road at a constant speed of 100 km h−1. Estimate the total horizontal force opposing the motion of the car. I ...
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Why is standing still easier than walking? [closed]

Both the works basically push force into the ground.So why does walking require more work?
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Understanding work with rotational momentum/moment of inertia

Apologies for the basic question but between the vectors and the spinning, I'm getting confused. If I have a wheel with moment of inertia $I$ spinning at some rate $\vec\omega$ around an axis, what ...
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Why does holding an object cost energy while no work is being done? [duplicate]

I was reading the discussion here: Why does holding something up cost energy while no work is being done? I feel as though the question is being avoided. Suppose instead of holding an object by hand ...
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How to calculate impulse required to move an object vertically upward by given distance [closed]

Suppose I have a stationary object of mass $m$ and I want to apply a momentary force in the vertical direction so that it just reaches the height $h$. So how do I calculate the impulse required in ...
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What is the work done by battery and what does work done on battery mean?

Suppose we have a charged capacitor connected to a battery. Now we push the plates of the capacitor away from each other decreasing capacitance and hence energy stored in the capacitor decreases. Now ...
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I dropped my tissue box on a glass table, the box didn't bounce back, table didn't move nor break, what happened?

I have a box, it drops and thus by moving has Kinetic energy, It doesn't penetrate and impacts however the box doesn't rebound nor breaks the table. Its like when I slam my fist on a table but the ...
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How does an object with gravitational energy exhaust that energy as work?

To my understanding (which is pretty basic) energy is the ability to do work. The higher objects are above a point - more gravitational energy they have relatively to that point, which means that they ...
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What is happening to energy that is not used as work? [duplicate]

To my understanding (which is pretty basic), energy is the ability to do work. But if for example, I push a wall, I do exhaust my energy, but no work is done since the wall is not moving. So what is ...
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How does kinetic energy do work? [closed]

To my understanding, work is done on object A when object B is applying a force on object A, causing object A to displace. Since energy is the ability to do work, what work does a moving object do, ...
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Electric potential and work

A unit positive charge $q$ is placed in an electric field caused due to a positive charge $Q$. $q$ experiences force of repulsion $F_R$. We apply an external force (FEXT) opposite to $F_R$. The test ...
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Magnetic force on an iron nail

Work done by a magnetic force is zero but the why iron nails are attracted towards a magnet. The fly towards a magnet so the gain K>E i.e work has been done on them. I know its not actually the ...
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Is $\mathrm d(PV)$ the same with work received OR produced?

When I write energy conservation in thermodynamics problems, I write the internal energy before, the pressure energy before (so these two are the enthalpy) and then I add/substract the work and heat ...
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Solenoidal forces

As far as I know a solenoidal vector field is such one that $$\vec\nabla\cdot \vec F=0.$$ However I saw a book on mechanics defining a solenoidal force as one for which the infinitesimal work ...
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How is the dot product a generalization of multiplication?

I've seen an interesting explanation for lots of what I previously thought were unmotivated definitions in Newtonian mechanics, namely that power is always defined as effort times flow. But when ...
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Free Expansion Of and Ideal Gas

We know that in free expansion of an ideal gas, no heat enters or leaves the system. We also know that $P_\text{initial}V_\text{initial}=P_\text{final}V_\text{final}$ is valid. If heat exchange ...
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Trouble understanding non-conservative force and work

I am having some trouble defining whether a force is conservative or not. In the example that we are working on a mass on a pulley system is used to cause a slender bar to rotate from rest to a ...
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When we write that $F = -\nabla V$ , what would happen if we ommit the (-) minus sign

I have had this question for a long time. In classical mechanics, if we choose $\mathbf F = -\mathbf \nabla \, V,$ with the minus sign, we can proof the work - kinetic energy theorem. What are the ...
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How can you tell if the work done by a force is negative?

This is kind of confusing to me. I'm guessing that it's specific to the problem. Is the work done by friction always negative? Is the work done by gravity always negative? Spring as well? It seems ...
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Why should Conservative forces have their curl equal to zero?(intuition)

There are several conditions that must be met in order for a force to be conservative. One of them is that the curl of that force must be equal to zero? What is the physical intuition behind this? If ...
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Work, Energy & Power - Body slides down a hemisphere

A small body of mass $m$ slides down from the top of a hemisphere of radius $r$. There is no friction between the surface of the block and the hemisphere. The height at which the body loses contact ...
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Zero Potential Energy Change in Raising a Mass

Suppose I am able to lift a body of mass $m$ up using a constant force $F=mg$ so that net acceleration is zero on it. I want to find the potential energy and the total energy of the body when I have ...