Energy Transferred by Working
Energy and Thermal Physics

Shifting or transferring?

Physics Narrative for 11-14 Supporting Physics Teaching

Choosing terminology

We have chosen to use the word shifting to describe what happens when one energy store empties and another fills. We think that the idea of shifting helpfully supports the underlying understanding of energy leaving one store and turning up in another.

Of course, in many school physics books, the term transfer is used. If you are not happy with shift, then no inaccuracies ensue from replacing it with transfer. However, we thing it worth trying out the shifting approach. Shift is a simple and evocative word.

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
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