Work and Energy
Date: Spring 2014
Are work and energy the same thing since they have the same units?
Work and energy are related, but not the same thing. Work is a mechanism for transferring energy from one thing to another. (Heat is another mechanism.) An object has energy, but it does not have work. Work is done on it.
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D., M.Ed.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Wyoming
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