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American Journal of Physics -- July 1983 -- Volume 51, Issue 7, pp. 597
Pseudowork and real work
In teaching mechanics, we should more clearly distinguish between an integral of Newton’s second law and the energy equation. This leads to greater clarity in the notions of system, work, and energy. A reorientation of the treatment of work and energy would not only provide benefits in the mechanics course but would also produce better connections between the mechanics and thermodynamics courses.
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