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ERIC Number: EJ1030436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
The Physics of a Walking Robot
Guemez, J.; Fiolhais, M.
Physics Education, v48 n4 p455-458 Jul 2013
The physics of walking is explored, using a toy as a concrete example and a "toy model" applied to it. Besides using Newton's second law, the problem is also discussed from the thermodynamical perspective. Once the steady state (constant velocity) is achieved, we show that the internal energy of the toy is dissipated as heat in the surroundings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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