Is mathematics used in physics to describe work and energy?

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Chapter Math in the Physical Sciences

Yes, mathematical equations can be used to describe work and energy. Energy comes in many forms, but its basic definition is in terms of work. Work is done when a force moves a body a certain distance. It is expressed in the simple equation: W = Fd, in which W is work, F is the force, and d is the distance. In this definition, only force in the direction of the object’s motion counts.


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