Energy Transferred by Working
Energy and Thermal Physics

A quantitative introduction

Physics Narrative for 11-14 Supporting Physics Teaching

Energy is quantitative

Energy is quantitative in essence: if you are not using the idea of energy to make quantitative comparisons, then you're likely abusing the idea. The quantity of energy places a limitation on possible changes, it does not cause any of those changes.

As quantifying energy requires you to freeze the action, so looking from snapshot to snapshot, power, which enables you to analyse what is happening now, is often more useful. The accumulation of power over the duration of a process is the energy that is shifted over that process.

Energy Transferred by Working
appears in the relation dU=dQ+dW
is used in analyses relating to Working Engines Thermionic Emission
is a special case of Work
has the special case Potential Energy Kinetic Energy
IOP DOMAINS Physics CPD programme

Waves CPD videos

Our new set of videos gives teachers and coaches of physics a preview of the training we offer ahead of this term's live support sessions.

Find out more