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 a force

What is the difference between work done by a force and work done against that force? Is it true that work by a force = -(work against that force)?
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How would you get the velocity in this problem? (and what did I do wrong) [closed]

This problem is supposed to be solved by using the conservation of energy but I do not really know how to solve it that way.
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Work done by isothermal expansion from two different viewpoints

Consider an adiabatic system as follows. It consists of a gas in a container and a piston. Initially, the system is at equilibrium and the gas inside it occupies a volume $V_i$ at a pressure $p_i$ ...
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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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Kinetic energy vs Kinetic Energy scenario in a collision, mechanical energy used for work?

Most collisions have Kinetic energy conserved or in the case of inelastic collisions energy is lost into other forms. Though the equation of "TMEi + Wnc =TMEf" is true however, what if two unequal ...
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Microscopic Definition of Heat and Work

If I am given a statistical System, then I can define state-variables like Energy, Entropy or other Observables, and then I can (at least for equilibrium states) give the Change of Energy as: ...
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About Electric potential

when we bring a unit positive charge from infinity to a point in the electric field EF does work on the charge and external work is also done on the charge in same amount but in opposite sign. then ...
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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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Relation between work, kinetic energy and potential energy

We derived two equations in class. The work done between two points $A$, $B$ is equal to the difference between the kinetic energy at the last point and the one at the first point. The work done ...
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Work done by friction on a conveyor belt [closed]

At a factory, a 300-kg crate is dropped vertically from a packing machine onto a conveyor belt (I apologize for not having a picture) moving at a speed of 1.2 m/s. The coefficient of kinetic friction ...
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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 the first body in the frame of second body ( provided the first body ...
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Using thermal expansion for mechanical work

Assume I could heat up a bar with zero heat loss to the environment. I could then use the thermal expansion to do some work, for example compress a gas. Where does the energy needed for the ...
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Condition for a force to be conservative

I get that a force dependent on path is non-conservative or a force which does non-zero work in completing a cycle. But how do you prove that mathematically. Let's assume I have a force F= 2yi + ...
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How was the concept of work-energy developed? [duplicate]

I doubt that the concept of work-energy was actually discovered this way. However in the algebra based physics book I am reading, work done by a constant net force is defined as $W = fcos \theta s$ ...
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How can I find the height for a looping pendulum? [closed]

I have a ball attached to a string, hanging on a rod placed $L$ meters above the floor. I release the ball and string at a 90 degree angle and let it loop around another horizontal bar after it ...
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what is the energy required to change only direction of a vector? [closed]

Does change in velocity vector change Kinetic energy of a system? Does any energy change when we change direction of a vector of a system?
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Potential energy (in lifting an object)

When a man of mass 60 kg lifts a mass of 20 kg upto height of 20m. The energy spent by him will be $mgh$. My question is should we add the masses of both the man and the object?. (Competetive ...
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The effects of heat and work on a system

I am unable to grasp the following statements which I found in the literature. For a closed system (no transfer of matter), heat in statistical mechanics is the energy transfer associated with a ...
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Confusion about Conservation of Mechanical Energy

I'm having a bit of difficulty understanding how to apply the idea of conservation of mechanical energy to a problem. One of the questions on my homework reads: A physics student shoves a 0.50-kg ...
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What is the sign of the energy exerted by a man sitting in the back of a boat pulling a canoe?

A man sits on the back of a boat pulling a canoe while the boat travels at a constant velocity a certain distance in the positive X direction. The man feels a constant tension in the rope during this ...
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How do I calculate the work done on standing an object upright?

So I was trying to figure out how much work someone does when they do a sittup or crunch. I guess to make things simple, I'm imagining a really really thin rod with some uniform mass lying on the ...
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How much more “work” (or energy) is required for short people to hike uphill?

Let's assume Short Person is 5 feet tall and the Normal Person is 5 feet and 8 inches tall. Let's assume the uphill hike has steps with 1 foot height. How much more work or energy does this require ...
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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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Can internal forces do work?

My Mechanics textbook claims that the sum of the work by internal forces is not generally zero. translated to English the paragraph reads: Notice about the work by internal forces: the work by ...
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Problem with variation of velocity, doubt on the work energy theorem

I think I did not understand the use of the work energy theorem. Here is a situation I am confused about. Consider an object moving in the $xy$ plane with a constant velocity $\vec{v_0}$ at an angle ...
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Work done by the system

I have a trouble in understanding the concept of the work. In the closed system, Work done by system=Work on surroundings Here is the part of the process that prove "Work on surroundings=pressure of ...
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Why work is done on the system in this case?

Consider the following situation: The system is the air contained within a bicycle tire along with a tire pump connected to it. The pump plunger is pushed down, forcing air into the tire. Assume ...
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Electric Potential of Point Charge (sign problem)

This question has been asked before, but the answers didn't clarify the problem for me, so I thought I might ask again. It's really a simple question. Let's say we're calculating the electric ...
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Why changes in the degrees of freedom implies changes in the internal energy?

In Thermodynamics we describe equilibrium states of macroscopic systems. For those equilibrium states we make a description giving one macroscopic coordinate for each measured degree of freedom (like ...
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How can the work done by friction be positive? [closed]

I have this energy related problem that i cannot understand in this problem, I am required to find the velocity of the 4.8kg mass when it hits the ground. I easily solved this problem using newton's ...
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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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Why does work in the Work Energy Therom equal the Sum of the integral F*dr?

I am studying the work energy therom and I understand that 1/2(mv^2)=Wnet, however, I saw this picture below online. I understand the summation of the force times the change in distance. However, ...
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Work applied to a thermodynamic system

What are some examples of a thermodynamic system where no work is done on the system, but the first law is applied? Work in thermodynamics is based around volume. Would that mean if the system's ...
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Source of energy, work of magnetic field

Suppose I have a constant magnetic field, and I switch it off (abruptly or slowly) , a ring of uniform charge would acquire same angular velocity if it was present in a plane perpendicular to B and ...
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Is work done on a system always the negative of the work done by the system? [duplicate]

Consider the following situation. A block slides on a rough surface. We have already given it an initial velocity. I consider my system to include only the block. Due to friction, the table performs ...
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Equipotential surface paradox

Consider a point charge +q as shown below. Now consider a equipotential surface and two points in it A and B. now the potential at A is equal to potential at B. If we now integrate (E.ds) from A to ...
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Work energy theorem explanation

So there is this problem in my head, it may seem very simple, but I need an answer. The problem is, we have some object, and we apply a force by our hands with a constant speed from a position (1) to ...
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Prove that gravitational potential energy of a body of mass m at a height h is mgh

Many introductory physics books just write that potential energy of a body of mass $m$ at a height $h$ as $U_g=mgh$. However, they never show how this was derived. I'm interested in knowing this ...
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Deriving the formula for energy stored in a spring without using geometry (determining the area under a curve)?

Using Hooke's Law, we know that the force applied is proportional to the extension of the spring. Therefore by plotting a graph of force against extension, through the area under the curve we are able ...
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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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Projectiles ability to do work to a box when connected by string? [closed]

I was wondering, the work-energy theorem states that KE can do work, as it is Mechanical energy. if the KE energy and thus Mechanical energy of a ball, if external...can do work on an object, ...
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If displacement is 0, why isn't the work performed on an object 0?

Work is force x distance/displacement. The exact definition is something I'm a little confused about since my professor said it could either be distance or displacement. So going with that, if the ...
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Work energy theorem

The work energy theorem states that the work done along a path from a point (1) to point (2) is the difference of the kinetic energies between the last and the first points. But if the force was ...
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Is the work done by friction on an accelerating car zero?

Consider a car is accelerating and its tires are not slipping ,just rolling.what is the force on the car that changes its kinetic energy? Some people say in the definition of work dw=F.dx that dx is ...
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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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Pressure Volume graphs and work done

So if I have a system where pressure, volume, and temperature change, how do I find the work done on the system? I look at an example where you simply use $\mathrm{d}W =-p\, \mathrm{d}V$, but I ...
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Concept of Work & Energy with trolley Example

I was solving one question in which girl on trolley of certain masses sits. Then certain force is applied on trolley which made some displacement. In my opinion work should be done by both Girl & ...
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confusion regarding force applied at different angles and work thus done? [closed]

considering $f=1$ and $s=1$ in the work-energy theorem , $W= \cos(\omega)$ this shows that as we increase the angle we do less work for moving an object to the same distance. It also means that ...
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Does towing a car make moving it easier?

once i saw a diagram in some of my books , of a car being towed by a big vehicle that was sort of a truck. now today that i am studying work , that picture somehow popped in my mind. it looked mostly ...
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Why is there a $\frac 1 2$ in $\frac 1 2 mv^2$?

For elastic collisions of n particles, we know that momentum in the three orthogonal directions are independently conserved:$$ \frac{d}{dt}\sum\limits_i^n m_iv_{ij} =0,\quad j=1,2,3$$ From this, it ...