What are some examples of work?

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Sep 18, 2017

Pushing a box across the floor is work, so is carrying a box. Holding a heavy box is NOT work because you need to use a force to move an object through a distance. Holding a box does not fulfill the distance requirement.

Walking up stairs or walking downstairs is work because you are moving yourself. Getting out of bed in the morning and walking to the bathroom is work.

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Just to clarify, carrying a box in most cases is not considered work. For something to be considered work, the force you apply and the distance you apply must be in the same direction.

In the case of carrying the box, you are using a vertical force to lift it, while you are going horizontally in distance. This means that zero work is being done as the force and distance are not applied in the same direction.

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