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Work-energy theorem

In every-day life we often have not too many types of energies involved.

  • Let go of a basketball, and gravity does work on it so it speeds up (and this work converts stored potential energy to kinetic).
  • Push on your friend on a bike to help him gain speed, and your pushing force does work on him in order to give him kinetic energy.
  • A spacecraft in space pushes forwards with its rocket engines, and this pushing force does work which speeds up the craft.

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