“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts;
but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”

― Francis Bacon, The Oxford Francis Bacon IV:
The Advancement of Learning




Flowers in Liquid Nitrogen






- Capacity to do work

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Light can be converted

to heat energy which

can apply a force and

make something move.


St. Mary's University Physics



Gasoline is a form of energy
because it can do work.

Car Engine

by Don Ion



Levers give you a 'mechanical advantage'

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Work always involves

some tradeoff. Name 2

ways 1st gear is different

than 10th gear.




1st gear requires

a small force and a lot pedaling,

while 10th gear requires

little pedaling but  larger force.





An Incline Plane is a Simple Machine

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Fill In The Blanks Notes

I) Work - when a force F acts parallel to the motion of an object over a distance d.


Work is positive when the force acts in the same direction as the object's motion ...

(When the weight is lifted up)

and negative if the force acts opposite
to the direction of the object's motion.

(When the weight is brought down) 


Work and Energy




(means direction doesn't count)

1 + 1 always  = 2




A) Equation


W =  F Δd
(Nm)   (N) (m)


F - force acting
parallel to the motion

Δd - displacement

Other units for work (Joule) or Kg m2/sec2







Challenge Question: Two people exert a 10 Newton force on a block for 2 meters.  One person exerts her force at a 50-degree angle.

Person 1  Person 2

Did both people do the same work???







 Person 2 does more work
All of her force goes to
moving the block










"Do the young man's

HANDS do any

work on the books

he's holding?"










"No. The books do not

move in the direction

of the hand's force. (up)

His legs do the work"








Compound pulleys reduce the force
needed to do work.


"What distance would

the rope have to

be pulled to make the

weight rise 1 m ?"

Moufle - Ilustración de un polispasto de cuatro poleas.

Copyright © 2004 CR. Imagen creada para la Wikipedia en Español.

(Borrar todas) (act) 09:40 7 ago 2004 (Ilustración de un polispasto de cuatro poleas.)



W =  F Δd
(Nm)   (N) (m)



"To lift the weight 1 m

the rope has to be pulled

4 m.  F reduced by 1/4,

d increased by 4 times"

Machines reduce force but
increase the distance
the force is applied
by an equal magnitude.





Ex) A 20.0-N force is used to push a 2.00-kg cart a distance of 5.00 m.

Work done on cart?



a)150. J  b)100. J c)200. J d)40.0 J





Ex) A 20.0-N force is used to push a 2.00-kg cart a distance of 5.00 m. Work done on cart =


W =  F Δd
(Nm)   (N) (m)




a)150.J b)100. J c)200.J d)40.0 J








B) Work and F vs. d diagram (plot)



Area under a
Force vs. d plot
= Work




W = Area Under Plot

= 1/2bh



= 1/2(5 m)(3 N)



7.5 Nm









Ramps reduce the force needed to move
a body upward against the force of gravity.


"If AB/BC = 3, what is

the smallest mass ball P

could have?"

(assume no friction)


If W = 12 N, P could be as small as ....

J. L. Comstock A System of Natural Philosophy: Principles of Mechanics
(: Pratt, Woodford, and Company, 1850) 92

Clipart ETC








"Ball P could be 1/3

the mass of ball W"

4 N







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