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Chapter 6 – Work, Energy and Power

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One of the most quintessential lessons in physics is work, energy, and power. Work is defined when the body produces displacement, power is a rate at which work can be done and energy is the vigor of the body to do work. The SI unit of energy and work is Joule, and the SI unit of power is Watt. So we discuss Work, Energy, and Power. We hope that you can revise and make insightful notes for your exams.

The energy of an object that it acquires due to its motion is called kinetic energy. It has magnitude and no directions. Formula for kinetic energy is:

KE = ½ mv2


  • KE = the kinetic energy 
  • m = the mass
  • v = velocity

Work Done by a Variable Force 

Forces that we experience in our everyday life are called variable forces because they are variable and subject to change. If there is a displacement in the system due to the application of the force then, it will be called as Work Done By a Variable Force. It can be calculated as:

Fs = -kx


  • k =   the spring constant
  • x = the displacement of the object

The Work-Energy Theorem for a Variable Force 

This theorem is extracted from Newton’s second law. It expresses that the work done by the aggregate of all powers following up on a molecule approaches the adjustment in the kinetic energy of the molecule.

The energy that is caused by the object due to change in its positions is called potential energy. It depends on the force on both the objects. In other words, it is the energy produced due to the alteration of the stances. It can be constituted as:

W = m×g×h = mgh


  • m = the mass 
  • g = the acceleration
  • h = the height (meters)

Mechanical Energy is the aggregate of kinetic energy and potential energy in an object that is utilized to accomplish a specific work. As such, it depicts the energy of an object as a result of its movement or position, or both.

The Conservation of Mechanical Energy expresses that energy can’t be made nor destroyed, it may be changed, starting with one structure then onto the next if the powers working are conservative in nature.

The energy that is stored due to the deformation of an elastic object. The potential energy of the spring increases due to the work that is done is stretched out. The formula is:

P.E = ½ k x2


    • k = the spring constant
    • x = the spring displacement
  • Heat Energy- Energy produced due to the accumulation of kinetic energy in any particle. If you keep a hot water glass for some time, it gets cooled down. It is due to the loss of heat energy. 
  • Chemical Energy- It is the energy that is stored in chemical compounds. At the point when a chemical reaction happens, there is an adjustment in the plane of particles which results in either retention (endothermic) or a delivery (exothermic) of energy.
  • Electrical Energy- At the point when energy is created by kinetic energy because of moving electrical charges, it is called electrical energy. Electric eels and batteries are the ideal instances of electrical energy.
  • Nuclear Energy – Nuclear energy is the energy that is present in the nucleus of an atom that is at the time of nuclear fusion and reaction, the energy that is churned out. The classic example of nuclear energy is Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s malady.

When an object comes in direct contact with others and force is wielded between the objects, it is called collisions. The two types of collisions are:

    • Elastic collisions – A collision due to no net loss of kinetic energy.  
    • Inelastic collisions – A collision due to the loss of kinetic energy.

1. What is work power and energy in physics?

 These are widely used terms in Physics:

  • When there is any movement in objects due to some external force, it is called work.
  • Power is your rate at which you do your work. It’s a scalar quantity as it doesn’t follow any direction.
  • Energy is defined as your ability to work or your potential to do any activity.

2. What is the difference between work power and energy?

Work depends on the displacementPower depends on the timeEnergy neither depends on time nor on displacement.
It refers to force appliedIt refers to work done per unit of timeIt refers to other factors like heat


3. What are the two types of Energy?

The two types of energy are:

  • Kinetic Energy- The energy that objects possess due to its motion.
  • Potential Energy- The energy that can be easily stowed.

4. Can kinetic energy of a body be negative?

No, the kinetic energy of a body can’t be negative because mass and square of speed can never be negative. Indeed, the change in kinetic energy can be negative.

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