The Dynamics of Heat

  • David Cassidy
  • Gerald Holton
  • James Rutherford
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


Consider a book sent sliding across a tabletop. If the surface is rough, it will exert a fairly large frictional force on the book, and the book will soon come to a stop as its kinetic energy rapidly disappears. No corresponding increase in potential energy will occur, since there is no change in height. It appears that, in this example, mechanical energy is not conserved.


Heat Input Mechanical Energy Heat Energy Industrial Revolution Heat Engine 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Cassidy
    • 1
  • Gerald Holton
    • 2
  • James Rutherford
    • 3
  1. 1.Natural Science ProgramHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA
  2. 2.358 Jefferson Physical LaboratoryHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.American Association for Advancement of ScienceUSA

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