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First peerson to define work as W = F d.

  1. Nov 23, 2009 #1
    Please, can someone tell me who was the first person to define work as we currently use, that is, W = F d? Thank you.

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  3. Nov 23, 2009 #2

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    According the article below, it was Gustave-Gaspard Coriolis (1792-1843) who:
    "The modern statement: "work is force times path" is due to French physicist Gustave-Gaspard Coriolis,[1] who gave the correct formula for change in kinetic energy associated with work[/quote]
    http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Work_(Physics)

    The acclaimed website, MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive,
    http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/

    has the following biography on him:
    http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Coriolis.html
     
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  4. Nov 24, 2009 #3

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    From the MacTutor biography, we learn of an article from 1984 that examines in detail the relative contributions of Poncelet, Navier and Coriolis to the concept of "work":

    "I Grattan-Guinness, Work for the workers : advances in engineering mechanics and instruction in France, 1800-1830, Ann. of Sci. 41 (1) (1984), 1-33."
     
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