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

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### What is difference between variations of the work and virtual work?

I really want to know whether or not both equations are the same mathematically. I think that they are the same, I just want to be sure. (Reference: this website.)
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### basic question about work exercise [on hold]

I am learning independently from Tobochnik's statistical physics text. He asks a warm up question about work: A person pushes a block up a frictionless ramp. Is the work positive, negative, ...
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### Why does positive work done by internal conservative forces $\implies$ decrease of potential energy?

Potential energy can be thought as the amount of work that the force can potentially do on the point because of its position. $$W=-\Delta U=U_{initial}-U_{final}$$ A positive work done by a force ...
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### Does displacement affect force? [on hold]

I am sorry for being unclear with my previous question. The main topic of the experiment we conducted was about work. As we learned: $W = Fd$ Work, from my understanding, is the product of work and ...
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### Simple Disk rolling with slipping on a horizontal plane

This is the first time I've encountered this scenario. I want to understand how to handle it. Since the disk is slipping, what would be the work done by the frictional force? What is the ...
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### Work done by internal forces of a rigid body

I am reading Goldstein's Classical Mechanics book, and I came across that: In a rigid body the internal forces do no work Is this statement based on the assumption that the internal forces are ...
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### PVC Pipe ideal force [on hold]

A longbow is made with a string which is not stretchable and is made with a PVC pipe of radius of around 1 centimeter on the outer and 0.8cm on the inner radius. The pipe is 120 centimeters and the ...
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### Conservation of Energy with Rotation Caused by Friction

A book that I am using to study poses the following problem: Suppose you wish to use a spring with a force constant $k$ to launch a spherical ball or radius $r$ and mass $m$ up a ramp of inclination ...
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### Is energy only transmitted through electromagnetic and particle radiations? [closed]

Which are the other ways of transmission if any? If energy does not require any medium for transmission(as for sunlight reaching earth, the heat too), is it transmitted in quanta in particle radiation ...
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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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### First law of thermodynamics?

The first law says that the change in internal energy is equal to the work done on the system (W) minus the work done by the system (Q). However, can $Q$ be any kind of work, such as mechanical work? ...
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### Does the thermal efficiency depend on the reversibility of the engine when isochoric or isobaric processes are involved?

I'm confused on the efficiency of a thermal engine (with an ideal gas) in the case in which it is reversible or not reversible, in particular where the ideal gas follows isochoric or isobaric ...
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### Dealing with negative work

Dumb question, I'm working with vector fields right now, and one question on here tells me to assume an object can take on three paths from a to b. (paths not listed here) for times in [0,1] Now ...
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### Isobaric process with non-boundary work?

I came up with a doubt on isobaric processes. Firstly, in any isobaric process, (irreversible or not) the following hold $$Q=n c_p (T_B-T_A)\tag{1}$$ $$W=p (V_B-V_A)=n R(T_B-T_A)\tag{2}$$ Is that ...
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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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### Principle of Maximum Work for Different Paths

The principle of maximum work states that for any process between two states, the work done by the system is maximised for a reversible process (and heat transfer is minimised), and that the work done ...
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### Is the work done by gas necessarily positive if the cycle is travelled clockwise in the $P-V$ plane (and viceversa)?

Is it always true, for any cycle followed by a gas, that, if the cycle is "travelled" clockwise in the $P-V$ plane then the work exchanged by the gas is positive, and viceversa for the clockwise ...
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### Resources on how to estimate the power density of gravity?

If a drop a ball from a height $h$, the work done by gravity (in this particular situation $i$) is $w_i=\int_0^h F_G \cdot dl \approx mgh$. What I would like, is to estimate the work done by gravity ...
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### Work done in thermodynamics [duplicate]

The work done in thermodynamic process is given by the integral of Pdv and also we can write so assuming a quasi static process between two points. But this work is then non dissipative work or work ...
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### Is it equally difficult to lift something as it is to lower it?

This just seems a bit counterintuitive cause lifting stuff seems harder, but if I do them at the same, constant speed, I will apply the same force opposing gravity, just over opposite displacements, ...
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### Mistake calculating electrostatic potential energy formula!

I have a problem calculating the electrostatic potential energy. I rely on these equations coming from mechanics: U_{B}-U_{A} = -W_{A \ \rightarrow \ B} (done\ by \ the \ field \ ...
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### Conventions for work and energy are not going correct in this situation [closed]

Let us consider 2 objects A and B. The initial PE of the objects be U(A)=10J and U(B)=0J. Let F be the force exerted by A on B. Suppose W be the work done by force F. Due to this the PE of both the ...
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### Gravitational potential energy defined in terms of work

An outcome of my high school syllabus is to "define gravitational potential energy as the work done to move an object from a very large distance away to a point in a gravitational field: $-GMm/r$". ...
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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?. (Competitive ...
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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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### 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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### How to compute work needed to build a configuration of charges

Suppose an alignment of four charges in the vertices of a square. The first pair on one diagonal has positive charge and the other negative charge, all charges are of the same absolute value. length ...
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### What is the energy source if a tall water tank is used to transfer floating objects upwards instead of cables with motors?

Suppose I want to transport some logs from the ground to the roof of a tower. Originally I can use a lift, or some cables, or even move the logs upwards manually; then the energy is converted to 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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### 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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### Electric Potential produced by Hollow Sphere

Let there be a hollow sphere (Throughout the question we will ignore the thickness of the sphere) which is positively uniformly charged,q of radius, R. Suppose there to be a test positive charge, q' ...
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### Work in the First Law of Thermodynamics

The First Law can be stated as $\Delta U=Q-W$, where $W$ is the work done by the system. My question is what kind of work $W$ includes. $W$ certainly includes $PV$ work, i.e. expansion and compression ...
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### Efficiency of engine in the case non-boundary work done on the system

The engine efficiency is defined as $$\eta = \frac{W_{\mathrm{produced}}}{Q_{\mathrm{absorbed}}}\tag{1}$$ But suppose that, in one of the processes that takes place in the cycle of an engine that ...
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### Can the work in a isochoric process be non-zero?

I came up with a doubt regarding isochoric irreversible processes. Question: Is it always true that, for any isochoric process, reversible or not, the work exchanged by the system is zero and the ...
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### Does the work done by a person equal the work done on the object in this situation?

If you applied a constant force over a floor that has friction on an object, would the work done by the person equal to the work done on the object? Assume that the floor is flat and that the object ...
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### Potential Energy = mgh. What is the name of this principle and did Newton discover it?

Somebody I know keeps trying to convince me that Potential Energy $PE=mgh$ is one of Newton's Laws (as well as the closely related idea, Work Done = force x distance moved). I am fairly certain that ...
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### Frictional torque=? [closed]

A uniform, hollow, cylindrical spool has inside radius $R/2$, outside radius $R$, and mass $M$ (see figure below). It is mounted so that it rotates on a mass less horizontal axle. A mass m is ...
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### Work and energy example [duplicate]

The normal definition of Work, as far as I have read, is: Energy is transferred through work. But I just heard an educationist state this example, where there is a weightlifter who keeps up a huge ...
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### Is reversible work a point function?

The potential of a conservative force is equal to the reversible work done on or by a system. But since the potential of a conservative force is represented by a point function, this would seem to ...
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### Work done by an ideal gas expressed as change in potential energy of fluid

I get confused in problems where it is necessary to evaluate the work done by a gas that someway moves a mass. I'll make an example. Consider the tube containing mercury and an ideal gas in A (...
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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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### 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 on gas problem with movable set

I found two different version of an exercise where the work is considered in a different way. Consider a gas in a tank divided in two parts by a movable set. The set in $B$ is also movable. If a ...
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### What is meant by a “change in volume of a system”?

I keep getting confused when my professor talks about the change in volume of a system. Sometimes it seems as though he's talking about the volume of the gas and at other times he might be talking ...
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### Rotational work and forces such as static friction or ropes tension

I'm confused about the rotational work, defined as $W=\int_{\theta_1}^{\theta_2} \tau_z d \theta$ Where $\tau_z$ is the component of the torque parallel to the axis of rotation $z$. Consider a ...
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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 ...