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 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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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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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 aren't two systems considered as one instead of saying we are doing no work on one of them?

Suppose i have on my head a block that is applying its force (weight) perpendicularly on my head. now suddenly i start moving with the block still on my head. According to the definition of work , I ...
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Change of energy into friction?

If I am pushing a car and it does not move, I am doing no mechanical work. However, I am changing the energy that was stored in my cells into heat energy (maybe sound energy if my hand slips off the ...
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Conventions and realities of kinetic energy?

I am having doubts regarding why $1/2$ is present in kinetic energy and if this is conventional why cant we say potential energy is $2mgh$ and kinetic energy $mv^2$. So is this $1/2$ conventional or ...
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Why is work a scalar quantity?

If the displacement is in the direction of the force, then work is positive. If the displacement is in the opposite direction of the force, then work is negative. If the displacement is perpendicular ...
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Area of a Trapezoid formula doesn't seem to work? (In calculating work)

My Physics Teacher assigned me to find the work done by the force described by the above graph. Work is the integral of the force with respect to distance, or in other words, the area under the graph. ...
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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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Work in electric field - formula

Suppose there's a electric field generated by a charge $Q$. If I moved a charge $q$ placed at distance $r_1$ away from $Q$ to distance $r_2$, supposedly the average force acting on $q$ will be: $F=\...
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Is work only a change of kinetic or potential energy?

I find out on the internet that work is a transfer of energy essentially kinetic. What is the use of work if it does not consider all the types of energy applied , i mean sometimes an objects internal ...
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Confusion in a problem

This is a very basic homework type question. I guess there is some intermixing of concepts in my head. Help. There was a question I came across - A ball of mass 0.2 kg is thrown vertically upwards ...
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What information does kinetic energy and work give us about a body?

When I studied momentum I learned that momentum says about a body how hard is it to stop it. In addition, I learned that impulse tells us in some way how much time would I need to stop the object. If ...
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Mechanical equivalent of heat => transfer from work W to heat Q

Consider the following experiment to determine the mechanical equivalent of heat $\mu = \frac{\Delta W}{\Delta Q}$ Not seen in the picture is a weight with known mass hanging down the cord. When you ...
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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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Work done by a friction in rolling

When force is applied on extended objects at some point, the work done by this force on this object $\vec{F} \cdot \vec{dr_{P}}$ where $P$ is the point of application of force. When the object is ...
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0.19 kg apple falling (a problem on Work and Power) [closed]

Problem A 0.19-kg apple falls from a branch 3.5 m above the ground. a) Does the power delivered to the apple by gravity increase, decrease, or stay the same during the time the apple falls to the ...
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COP and input work in a refrigerator [duplicate]

Where can i find a COP and input work requierd in a standard modern refrigerator? I need a sample refrigerator, so that I can calculate the heat disposed to the surrounding and use that to design an ...
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a question on work and kinetic energy [closed]

A bullet has a mass of 0.02kg and is moving with a speed of 10m/s. It can penetrate 10cm of a given target before coming to rest. If the same target is only 6cm thick, what will be the speed and ...
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Work by Gravity using Tensors [closed]

Now I'm familiar with the various methods for deriving work done by gravity, but I noticed a few things about the situation, and wanted to see if I could properly apply a tensor treatment to the ...
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Where Potential increase gets it's energy from?

Imagine there are two particles: A,B; of which, we observe A to be stationary, while B is moving towards A at velocity v. A,B has same mass; and they are charged both positive. B has a potential wrt ...
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Conservation of energy in vertical circular motion

Books usually use conservation of energy to solve problems in vertical circular motion. But, principle of conservation of energy for one particle is, If all the $n$ forces $\vec F_i (i=1,2,3,..,n)$...
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Why dont you take derivative of force in definition of power ? P=F.v

The derivative of work is $\bf F\cdot v .$ $$P(t)= \frac{\mathrm dW}{\mathrm dt}= \mathbf{F\cdot v}=-\frac{\mathrm dU}{\mathrm dt}\;.$$ But why not $$(\mathrm d(\mathbf F)/\mathrm dx)\cdot \mathbf x ...
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Work-Energy Problem

A wire, which passes through the hole in a small bead, is bent in the form of quarter of a circle. The wire is fixed vertically on ground as shown in the figure. The bead is released from near the top ...
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Does this count as a proper derivation of the formula for work and kinetic energy? [closed]

$v_{av}$ = average velocity, $d$= distance, $a$ = acceleration, $m$ = mass Given: $$v_{av}*t=d$$ $$t=\frac{v_f-v_i}{a}$$ $$v_{av}=\frac{v_f+v_i}{2}$$ Then: $$\frac{v_f+v_i}{2}*\frac{v_f-v_i}{a}=d$$ $...
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When writing a differential equation, when do you take $+\text{d}x$ and when do you take $-\text{d}x$?

When writing a differential equation I'm confused as to when to write $+\text{d}x$ a and when to write $-\text{d}x$ a where $x$ represents some quantity. For example, I wanted to derive the equation ...
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Why the force acting on a particle is the negative gradient of a scalar potential? [closed]

For conservative forces we can proof that it is a gradient of a scalar potential, but why we use the negative sign? In every book I searched, it said that it is like an agreement between physicists, ...
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Work + heat absorbed in a thermodynamic process

The question describes a simple isobaric closed cycle. The temperature is on the y-axis and volume on the other. There are 4 states. The question asks: ''Find the work done on the gas in the cycle and ...
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Question about Kinetic Energy and Force acting on a body

Below is the graph of a body that rests on a friction-less flat surface. On this body force F is applied and it's value is being depicted in the graph below. We can see that the body moves from point ...
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Will Energy and Work equal to each other between two closed systems linked by one shareable object?

Two closed systems are linked to each other. Both use same object. In one of this closed systems was spent energy to change physical property of shareable object. After this object transformation, ...
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Confusion with $F=-\nabla V$, $F$ conservative

I am rather confused by the relationship $F=-\nabla V$. If a pen drops from a height it loses potential energy so $\nabla V$ is negative. From the above equation this means that the gravitational ...
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Magnetic Forces and Junkyard Magnets: What's Going On? [duplicate]

In my electromagnetic theory class, I learned that magnetic forces do no work. This is easy to see when observing a cyclotron; the speed never changes, so the kinetic energy never changes and ...
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When I move while holding a book, why is work done zero?

Now this question has many answers all over the internet, but this site gives me the power to pose my doubts in front of you all. Let's get straight to it: Suppose I move on a road while holding a ...
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Energy expressions [closed]

How did people come up with various expressions for energy? By this I mean the expression or formulas for kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy etc. and the intuitive guiding principles to ...
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Is there any other way to describe work done instead of saying the force applied to move an object through a distance?

I was reading about energy, and I got to know that energy is the ability to do work. Then I read about work, and I found that almost everywhere, resources say that when an object applies force to move ...
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If I walk forward and stop was there work done?

If I'm on a flat surface and I start walking and go to a constant velocity, then I slow myself back down to a stop, was there work done? I would think the answer is no because $work = force * ...
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Gravitational Potential Energy misunderstandings [closed]

I'm really confused by the derivation of Gravitational Potiential Energy. I took a screenshot of the wikipedia entry below. My major confusion lies in: 1. The use of the position vector r in the ...
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The float on a frozen lake

We have a bit of a debate going on at work. If a basketball (or any round float - let's assume one firm enough to not change size with temperature) was floating on a lake, and overnight the lake ...
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Thermal Energy in a pV diagram

I'm studying for an exam in thermodynamics and therefore going through old exams, but I am stuck on one assignment. One kilomole of ideal monoatomic gas under standard conditions is processed ...
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Sliding along a circular hoop: work done by friction

Assume a point object of mass $m$ slides along a hoop of radius $R$, starting from a position which makes 90 degrees with the line of radius connecting the center and the ground. Let the coefficient ...
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The source of work by gravity force [duplicate]

I learn that any work needs a source of energy, the work of gravity force (like keeping the Moon in the orbit by the Earth gravity force) comes from where? Can we find any mass reduction (transform ...
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Work done by pressure

The problem is How much work is done by pressure in forcing $1.4 m^3$ of water through a pipe having an internal diameter of $13 mm$ if the difference in pressure at the two ends of the pipe ...
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Why is there potential Energy due to lifting an object or moving when it's attached to a spring while the net work is zero?

Consider that you lift an object a height h vertically, if the body happens to move with uniform velocity this means that net force acting on it is zero. The same is true for a body attached to a ...
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Work done by a spring

I've done enough research before asking this question. The work done by a spring is defined as $$W_\mathrm{spring}=\left|\frac{1}{2}kx^2\right|$$ Where $ k$ is the spring constant and $x$ is the ...
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Is the integral of $dK$ equal the work done?

$$\frac{dK}{dt} = \frac{d}{dt} (1/2 mv^2) = mv \frac{dv}{dt} = F\frac{dx}{dt}$$ $$\implies dK = F. dr$$ Also, work is defined as $W = \int F. dr$. So does this imply integral $dK = W$?
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The relation between work and time

Work equals the force acting on an object times the distance that object moves. But I am a bit confused about the definition of the distance. is it the distance the object moves under the effect of ...
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Confusion regarding the sign of the work of a force

The work of a force is given by the following line integral: \begin{equation} W=\int_{A}^{B}\vec{F}\cdot \vec{dl} \end{equation} So the work that is needed for an electric particle to be moved in an ...