The work-energy theorem states that the work done by all forces acting on a particle equals the change in the particle’s kinetic energy.
A force does work on the block and sets it in motion. The kinetic energy of the block (the energy that it possesses due to its motion) increases as a result of the amount of work.
Vi and Vf is the velocity of the particle before and after the application of force, and m is the particle’s mass.
With the knowledge of this relationship, try the energy approach first before applying kinematics when solving a problem, as the energy approach is much easier.
• The work W done by the net force on a particle equals the change in the particle’s kinetic energy KE
• The work-energy theorem can be derived from Newton’s second law.
• Prioritize energy approach to kinematics in problem-solving.
the kinetic energy of an object is the energy that it possesses due to its motion
work: a measure of energy transfer that occurs when an object is moved over a distance by an external force