Work and Energy in One Dimension

  • Jay Newman

In this chapter we introduce work, kinetic energy, the energy associated with motion, and provide a general framework for appreciating the concept of energy and its usefulness in all areas of science. We present these ideas for one-dimensional motion, the theme of the previous two chapters, leaving the generalization to more than one dimension for the next chapter. A major goal of this chapter is to appreciate the extremely important and general conservation of energy principle. It is used again and again in future discussions of various other forms of energy, including electrical, magnetic, and eventually their synthesis in electromagnetic energy, as well as various types of chemical and nuclear energy. In addition, later we study the science of thermodynamics dealing with energy and its flow in bulk matter. The conservation of energy principle is perhaps the most important and fundamental principle of all science.

Our discussion of forces and the laws of motion thus far is entirely...


Kinetic Energy Potential Energy Potential Energy Curve Potential Energy Function Spring Force 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jay Newman
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUnion CollegeSchenectadyUSA

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