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 should be positive but it is coming out to be negative? [closed]

I have described a question in which this problem arises in the image below:
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Can a glider maintain a constant forward velocity component?

I have a puzzle which asks me to consider a (engineless) glider descending at a constant rate and flying at a constant forward velocity (in still air). The question asks how to derive sink rate, $v_s =...
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Work done when applying an electric field?

On these example questions from MIT in the solution to 4.1 they write the work done by applying the electric field to be: $$W=V_0 \int \vec E \cdot d \vec D$$ Where does this equation come from and ...
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Work done by friction opposing a force at an angle

Let's imagine there's a block of mass m sitting on a rough surface with a kinetic friction coefficient $\mu$. It's being pulled with a constant force $A$ at $h$ degrees above the horizontal and is ...
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Where does the energy go in a rocket when no work is done?

While playing Kerbal Space Program, I wondered where my chemical energy would go when fired at 90° to the motion. It would do no work on the rocket, but all that energy has to go somewhere, right? ...
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Heat, Work and Internal energy in closed systems

This has been troubling me for a while now. I know that the performed work equals $P\Delta V$ for isobaric systems and I know that in isochoric systems no work is done, but how do I find the heat $Q$? ...
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Work done by gravitational force!

Suppose a ball is $10m$ high from the ground. It will have $E_p = 10mg$. Now, if the ball falls freely then we know $E_k$ will be $0.5mv^2 = E_p$. But it is said that the work done by a force will ...
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Work done against gravity comes out positive

Given two points in 3-space, $A = (9, 1, 5)$ and $B=(2,8,7)$, the work done by the gravitational field $\bf{F}$ when an object is moved from point $A$ to point $B$ comes out positive, even though it ...
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Problem in understanding the Proof of $PV^{\gamma}$ =constant in thermodynamics

I have looked at the proof of this relation $PV^\gamma = C$; (where $P$ is pressure and $V$ is volume) in quite some places but I am not able to understand the logic behind the third step. In ...
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Can infinite work be done?

Wikipedia defines work as follows. In physics, a force is said to do work if, when acting on a body, there is a displacement of the point of application in the direction of the force. Also work ...
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Electric field for concentric spheres

I have a couple clarifying questions: (A) in $E=kq/r^2$ for the area between a sphere inside another spherical shell, the sphere inside is considered a point charge. However, the sphere inside has a ...
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How are the watt-second, the newton-meter and the joule different?

The joule is $\mathrm{kg\,\ m^2/s^2}$ right? The watt-second is $\mathrm{J/s} \times \mathrm{s}$ thus $\mathrm{J}$. The newton-meter is $\mathrm{kg \,\ m/s^2} \times \mathrm{m}$ thus $\mathrm{kg \,\ ...
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Change in internal energy is 0 in isothermal process

I am having trouble understanding why in an isothermal process, the change in internal energy is zero. I know that $\Delta U$ or $\Delta E=q+w$, and so in isothermal process $q=0$. But how does one ...
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Work and energy question

An athlete picks up a $20.0\,\mathrm{kg}$ sandbag from the ground and throws t straight up in the air. It leaves her hands $1.50\,\mathrm{m}$ above the ground and reaches a height of $7.00\,\mathrm{m}$...
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Why isn't the work minus the potential energy when bringing a charge in from infinity?

This is an example in my physics textbook, and there is just one step that I don't understand. Two point charges are located on the x-axis, $q_1 = -e$ at $x = 0$ and $q_2 = +e$ at $x=a$. Find ...
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Can I define the term energy in terms of work?

Recently, I'm doing my personal task which is to formalize every definition and concept in physics, by means of formal language and of course with intuitional notes. Because I found myself that the ...
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Work done by a constant vector field is 0?

We know that $$\oint \boldsymbol{F}\cdot d\boldsymbol{r}= \iint (\nabla \times \boldsymbol{F})\cdot d\boldsymbol{s}.$$ Now if $\boldsymbol{F}$ is a constant vector, then $\nabla \times \boldsymbol{F}=...
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Is work energy theorem $W=\Delta K$ or $W=\Delta E$?

I know that work is the change in kinetic energy. I saw on an equation sheet that work is equal to the change in total energy. Is this true? If so, how?
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Find the velocity of water if power and mass is given [closed]

A pump of 200W power is lifting 2kg water from an average depth of 10m per second. Find the velocity of water delivered by the pump? $$P=200W$$ since the water is lifted per second $$W=\frac{P}{1s}=...
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Is there a special name for thermodynamic process during which no work is performed?

Let $W$ denote the work done on a system during a thermodynamic process. Is there a commonly-accepted, dedicated term for a process during which $W=0$?
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How do I found the Kinetic Energy of a mass being lifted?

I did an experiment where I lifted a mass and measured the force. I know the change in height, the mass, and the work of the pull. How can I use the work-kinetic energy theorem to find the final and ...
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Kinetic energy and work confusion [closed]

I know that $\frac{1}{2}mv^2$ is derived from $W = \int \vec F \cdot\ d\vec s$, but are there exceptions to the kinetic energy formula? Newton says that unless an external force is applied, a body ...
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Compression of spring when an object of given mass is placed on it

A question in my textbook says - A block of mass $m$ is released from rest onto an ideal non deformed spring from a negligible height. Neglecting air resistance, find compression $x$ of the spring. ...
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Electrostatic energy of a distribution of charges

I read, in Gettys' Physics, that, if $N$ charges moves one by one from infinity to a certain point, i.e. the first charge $q_1$ moves from infinity to the arrival point $P$ while the other charges ...
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Find $\oint xdx+2ydy+3zdz$ on the line segment formed by points $A(1,0,-1)$,$B(2,5,-1)$ [closed]

Find $\oint xdx+2ydy+3zdz$ on the line segment formed by points $A(1,0,-1)$,$B(2,5,-1)$ My approach: First I find the line segment formed by $A,B$ which is $\vec l(t)=\vec{OA}+t\vec{AB}=(1,0,-1)+t(1,...
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Ericsson cycle: what happens if you add more mass?

We recreated the Ericsson cycle using a heat engine apparatus, with air as the working fluid (assumed an ideal gas). During the isothermal compression and isobaric expansion processes, a mass of ...
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Work done by a non-conservative force and change in potential energy

I know that the work done by a non-conservative force is equal to the change in total mechanical energy (from Work-Energy Theorem). But I read in a place that "Non-conservative forces don't affect PE"....
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difference between reversible and irreversible entropy

Before I proceed, let me first say I have done research and understand the general idea between the two: summed up crudely reversible happens in a slower continuous manner while irreversible happens ...
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Clarify homework results regarding heat, work and the ideal gas law [closed]

So I have a bunch of homework problems relating to thermodynamics and work done by an ideal gas. I've been having trouble with the isobaric questions, and want to make sure I'm getting the concept ...
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What is meant by saying the work done by a conservative force is -(change in PE)?

I read through all related questions, and they are almost the same, but I still didn't understand this and so am asking again. What is meant when we say that the work done by conservative force is = -...
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Momentum and collisions [closed]

Two blocks of masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ connected by a spring of force constant $k$.The block $m_1$ is suddenly given a velocity $v_1$. Find the work done by the spring on both the blocks when it has ...
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Increase in kinetic energy of a system when there is no external force

If a man starts running on a boat with an acceleration $a$ with respect to the boat, there is no external force that acts on the Boat+Man system (assuming friction due to water to be zero and ...
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Positive work done by friction

Can work done by friction be positive? Please explain with an example. Is the work done by friction on a moving car positive?
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Source of energy for magnetic work?

I set two magnets on my desk such that they are experiencing attraction to each other, but due to friction with the desk, are just outside of the distance where they would snap to each other. Then I ...
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Work done by reaction forces between objects

Assume that there are no friction forces. If we had a particle sliding down a wedge that is free to move on a smooth surface, why do we ignore the work done by the reaction forces on both the particle ...
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Does Light have Weight?

If I light a torch and hold it against a wall, will the wall feel any force? If yes, what factors does the magnitude of such a force depend upon? (Area of the wall covered by the beam, intensity of ...
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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 the 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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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 ...