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

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Thermodynamics - Sign convention

I use the sign convention: Heat absorbed by the system = $q+$ (positive) Heat evolved by the system = $q-$ (negative) Work done on the system = $w +$ (positive) Work done by the system = $w -$ ...
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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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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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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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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 and free body diagrams

I am a bit confused with how to find work when there is a free body diagram. I am trying to work out this problem, and in it a box is being pulled at a constant speed by a rope at a constant angle ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Which ball travels further, one that is thrown up a frictionless ramp or one that is thrown in the air? [closed]

They are thrown at the same angle, and their masses are equal. Please explain using basic physics, if you can. We only learned: Kinetic, potential energy Work Velocity
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why are gravity and spring-force conservative forces?

I know that the amount of work does not depend on the followed path but on the position when speaking about conservative forces. But could someone please prove/explain why exactly those two are ...
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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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Potential energy of springs and gravity, and work of a force

I am currently really stuck on this problem and I am not sure how to actually solve it, I think I can reason it out logically but I do not know how to show it. Here it is and under I will show what I ...
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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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Is net work and total work same?

According to my text book Total Work = Delta Kinetic Energy = KEf - KEi But then work is defined to be dot product of Force (vector) and Displacement (vector). Also to my knowledge work is ...
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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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Volume integral of pressure interpretation

If you have a fluid with with pressure field $p$ what is the physical significance of the the volume integral of the pressure $\int_V p dV$?
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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 ...
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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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Sign of elastic potential from a spring [closed]

When writing the Lagrangian of a problem, how do I determine the sign of an elastic potential from a spring?
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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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In continuum mechanics, what is work potential in the context of total potential energy?

I'm reading a book on the finite element method. Specifically I'm looking at the background material where they are discussing potential energy, equilibrium, and the Rayleigh–Ritz method. The book ...
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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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How can an object with zero acceleration move?

My physics text has a problem in which it is said that a person moves a block of wood in such a way so that the block moves at a constant velocity. The block, therefore, is in dynamic equilibrium and ...
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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 ...
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Why can't we define a potential energy for a non-conservative force? [closed]

We could define potential energies for non-conservative forces too and then we could conserve it with kinetic and potential energy as we know it. But no one does that. Why is this? Please explain. Any ...