# What's the difference between force and energy?

Mar 25, 2018

Among other differences, force is a vector (has a direction) while energy is a scalar (does not have a direction).

#### Explanation:

Force is a push or a pull. A push that continues for some distance has used energy to do work. Note that $\text{work" = "force"xx"distance}$. The same unit, Joules, is used to measure the amount of work and energy.

If the work done above is repeated but the distance is doubled, the force is the same but the number of Joules of work done is doubled.

I hope this helps,
Steve