Is holding something in a gravitational field "doing work"? My son and I are on opposite sides of this question - if I am holding something in my hand in a gravitational field, am I doing work? My position is this - if I constantly accelerate a ball in space I am doing work. Since acceleration is equivalent to being in a gravitational field, and since holding a ball on earth is in a gravitational field, I am doing work when I hold it. My son's position is that since the thing I am holding is not moving (there is a net acceleration of zero) I am doing no work. Is it simply that we are disagreeing about what is the relevant frame of reference - mine being the earths gravitational field, his being my body?