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

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Meaning the symbol, $W$ and $dW$

What's the difference between $W$ and $dW$? They are both work done and have similar formulae (same dimension). But I don't know the difference between them. $dW$ here ISN'T power.
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Does inducing charge on a grounded conductor do work?

Imagine a grounded conductor as an plane of infinite area. If I bring a charge to a close proximity to the plane, it induces some charge distribution on the conductor. The question is: is any work ...
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How is $P = P_{ext}$ derived, for reversible processes?

I know that for a reversible process the inexact differential of $Q$ must be equal to $TdS$ because the total entropy of the universe must remain constant. Is there a way to formally derive that the ...
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Given an initial push, is work done on an object infinite in a hypothetical empty universe?

Consider a hypothetical empty universe containing a single object. Given an initial push, will the work done by the forever moving object be infinite?
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Work done against a physical field: positive or negative?

My understanding of signing conventions contextual to physical fields: With frame of reference as object: Work done by an object against a physical field is positive. Work done by a physical field ...
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How much work can a single grain of rice do? [closed]

I found a website saying a grain of rice contains 1/10 kcal. I'm not a physicist and haven't done maths for a long time. But here's what I came up with: E = m * g * h One small calorie equals ...
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Violation of conservation of energy… or not? [on hold]

The work done by surface tension is double the increase in potential energy. This is a clear violation of conservation of energy. What is the flaw here? Work done by surface tension is \begin{align} ...
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Why the gravitation potential in a uniform field has negative values?

As we know the gravitational potential is the work done per unit mass in taking a point mass from zero potential (at infinity distance) to the point in a gravitational field. But why the work is ...
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How can a magnetic field accelerate particles if it cannot do work?

A varying magnetic field can accelerate charge particles, but it is said that a magnetic field can't do any work so it should be able to speed up charged particles, right? How is this apparent ...
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Using formula for work with distance of 0m [duplicate]

Consider this: Wind is pushing a huge rock towards me at with massive force at 2m/s. I push against the rock at equal force so the rock stays still. I am clearly "working" very hard, using a lot of ...
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If I throw a ball horizontally, what are laws, related to Work-Energy concepts, governing that all the situation? [closed]

In a book, A textbook of physics, There was a statement that when we see a motion of body and start to count the laws related to energy-work concepts governing that motion, we at once find ourselves ...
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Newton's third law of motion versus Work

Newton third law of motion says that "To every action, there is always an equal and opposite reaction". The vector study tells us that if two vectors are of same nature and equal magnitude but ...
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Force vs. impulse: what is the math description of their interaction?

In this image there are two forces acting on the same body, and we can decribe them mathematically and geometrically using vectors and the palallelogram rule. NOw, suppose the box (stone, ...
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Does $\delta W=pdV$ hold for non-ideal gases

I have that for quasistatic processes, $$ \delta W= \textbf{f}\cdot d\textbf{x} $$ so for a gas $\delta W=pdV$. Does this only hold ideal gases or will it hold for van der waal's gas?
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Proof of conservation of energy?

How is it proved to be always true? It's a fundamental principle in Physics, that is based on all of our currents observations of multiple systems in the universe, is it always true to all systems? ...
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Is Energy said to do work on the body it is stored in?

Assume a boy on top of the hill, his $potential$ $energy=mgh$. He mostarts to move without pedalling the cycle so is that work being done on it due to the conversion of Potential into Kinetic Energy ...
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Who is said to do Work, me or the body?

If I subject my force to a body and it is displaced then the work is said to be done. What is that work done by? Is it said to be done by me or that body?
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Do transferring energy and applying force to a body imply same?

Do transferring energy and applying force to a body imply same meaning? When we say, "I throw a ball using my pushing force so on the other hand, can I say that I transferred my kinetic energy to the ...
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What is the meaning of the negative sign in $W = -\Delta U$?

What is the meaning of the negative sign in $W = -\Delta U$ ? As far as I understand, $W = -\Delta U = -(U_f - U_i) = U_i - U_f$. While $U_i$ is the initial potential energy (before applying the ...
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Proof that the electric field is conservative

I was told a proof that the electric field was conservative (without using $\nabla$) which used a point charge and showed the following: $$w.d.=\int_c{\vec F \cdot \mathrm{d} \vec l}=\int_c{\vec ...
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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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Why is no work done by magnetic forces in a uniform B and E field (perpendicular to one another)?

Say $B$ points in the $x$ direction, and $E$ points in the $z$ direction. Assuming a charged particle begins at rest at the origin, its motion will be a cycloid that progresses indefinitely in the ...
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Does moving something horizontally in gravity do no work?

Bill’s job is to lift bags of flour and place them in the back of a truck, which is parked next to him. Sally is loading the same bags of flour into a similar truck that is located 10 m away. ...
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How to tell direction of work

I think of direction of work as relative to direction of motion, but I got a question of a parabolic ball throw asking the direction work done by gravity and friction over the entire parabola. Since ...
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Work done in lifting chain with nonuniform linear density

I am teaching calculus, and a natural-seeming problem type just occured to me. It would go something like: a 2m chain hangs from the top of a building. Its density at a point h meters from the edge ...
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How can energy be useful when it is 'abstract'?

The topic which haunted me for two years until I gave up on it. But now I am doing engineering and this topic suddenly popped out of my textbook from nowhere. I seriously need to understand this topic ...
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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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Why is the potential energy for a body raised up by a height negative?

I tried deriving the potential energy of a body when raised at a height $h$ above the earths surface, using the formula: $$PE = -W_\text{conservative}$$ where $W_\text{conservative}$ is the work ...
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Line integral definition of work clarification

So I am kind of confused about the role of force when calculating work. Specifically, when defining work using a line integral. There is a paragraph in my calculus book that is really throwing me off ...
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Issue with Work-Change in KE equivalence

First-year physics student, with a pretty basic question. I've seen proofs that Work = Change in Kinetic Energy involving calculus, and they make sense to me, but I'm not sure why the following, much ...
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Conceptually, what is negative work?

I'm having some trouble understanding the concept of negative work. For example, my book says that if I lower a box to the ground, the box does positive work on my hands and my hands do negative work ...
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Is the work done walking up an escalator in the same speed and opposite direction of the escalator zero?

Work equals force times distance, but what about walking up an escalator in the same speed and opposite direction of the escalator? In the frame of the ground, the distance is zero so the work must ...
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Work power and energy

When you push your bicycle up on an inclined the potential energy of the bicycle and yourself increases. Where does this energy come from?
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Change in work done by dipole

How would you explain the intuition behind the equation $dW = -\tau d\phi$ for an electric dipole?
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A tank of the shape of a right circular cylinder $5$ feet across the top and $9$ feet deep is full of water. [closed]

A tank of the shape of a right circular cylinder $5$ feet across the top and $9$ feet deep is full of water. How much work is done by pumping the water out of the tank, over the top edge? I need your ...
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A problem related to Work done by falling bodies : Expert's attention much needed! [closed]

I'm having a lot of trouble with this question, that I've found in my textbook. I've solved it in my own way and it's very simple! But the solution in the book is totally different. It doesn't make ...
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Necessity of the Notion of Work and Kinetic Energy

I've worked through many example problems in my college physics text in the section on kinetic energy and work. I noticed that if the desired quantity is velocity or force, they can be solved entirely ...
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Mathematical misunderstanding of Work-Potential Energy Theorem?

This is a relatively basic question, but I don't understand why it is the case. This is from my dynamics book and is mainly a mathematical misunderstanding. $$ \ dU = F\cos\theta ds $$ Which means ...
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Plastic loading of a cylinder

I am trying to model a solid cylinder being loaded in the axial direction. At the upper limit of the elastic loading the cylinder has been compressed to a height h and cross-sectional area A. It is ...
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Is the work-energy theorem valid for only particles or rigid bodies as well?

Is the work-energy theorem valid for only particles or rigid bodies as well? Most places where I have read this seem to claim the latter. But an example I thought up has been troubling me. Consider ...
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Joules to do something

If my very limited understanding is correct, then, not accounting for gravity: 1 Newton can move 1 kilogram 1m But, can 2 Newtons move 1 kilogram 2 meters? Is this because 1 Newton = acceleration ...
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Find the work done in moving an object along a vector r with a force F [closed]

$$r=3i+5j-2k$$ $$F=3i-3j+2k$$ What do I do. I know that work = force x distance. However, what vector operation should I do? I was wondering whether I should possible find the unit vector of r and ...
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How to calculate work done in climbing? Why is the force always the same as the weight?? Why?

I know by definition the work is simply equal to weight times displacement in meter. But say 1 g is needed to stay still against the force of gravity, the weight. Then to move up you need more force, ...
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Thermodynamics and Internal Energy

I've been working on this problem for quite some time trying to figure out the most efficient way of answering it, So here goes the problem: There is a container, containing a monoatomic gas with ...
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Does a magnetic field do work on a moving rod?

In a case such as this one, my textbook says that I might be tempted to think the magnetic force is doing work (against the moving rod). It then says this isnt the case because "charges move ...
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Work done by Lorentz Force in case of motional emf

In the classical example of the slidewire generator where the rod slides on a U-shaped conductor in a magnetic field, we get a charge separation due to the Lorentz force. The way the induced emf is ...
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How can a magnetic field produce an emf if the force produced does no work?

In the textbook I'm reading it gives an example of where a person pulls a rectangular wire with a velocity $v$ and the left side of that wire is in a uniform magnetic field. After some ...
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What is in the gravitational field that is making the work done independent of path taken?

I could not understand the same path independence in electric field. So I am trying to understand it first in gravitational field and then apply it to electric field.
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Why normal doesn't do any work in this case

Suppose the stick slides without friction along flat surface. Why in this case N does not do any work? As i see stick not only slides in horizontal direction, but also falls in vertical direction, ...