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I want to know how the equation W=Fd was formulated?

That is to say: why is Work determined as the total force TIMES the distance traveled in the direction of the force.

It seems almost arbitrary though perfectly logical (more force or more distance means more work).

Was this equation the result of some sort of experiment (empirical equation)

or it's possible to mathematically derive it from other equations? If so: how?

Thanks

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# History of the Work Equation

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