ERIC Number: EJ663544
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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Physical and Colloquial Meanings of the Term "Work."
Mendelson, Kenneth S.
American Journal of Physics, v71 n3 p279-81 Mar 2003
Suggests that the physical meaning of work is closer to the colloquial meaning than any other terms in mechanics. Reviews history to show that force times distance was used to refer to the output of engines since the early 18th century, but none became widespread and 'work' quickly became the preferred term after G. Goriolis suggested it in 1829. (Author/KHR)
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