## Need help on finding the work done on an Object by the applied force.

"A 50 kg crate is being dragged across a floor by a force of 225 N at an angle of 40° from the horizontal. The crate is dragged a distance of 5.0 m and the frictional force is 60 N."

Now from that information i am supposed to find the work done by the applied force on the object.

This is what i have so far. Since W= (F cos θ)Δd, i did W= (225 N cos 40°)5.0 m ≈ 862 N.m
Am i correct

PS this is my first time on physics forum. :)
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hi xuhhad! welcome to pf!
 Quote by xuhhad "A 50 kg crate is being dragged across a floor by a force of 225 N at an angle of 40° from the horizontal. The crate is dragged a distance of 5.0 m and the frictional force is 60 N." Now from that information i am supposed to find the work done by the applied force on the object. This is what i have so far. Since W= (F cos θ)Δd, i did W= (225 N cos 40°)5.0 m ≈ 862 N.m Am i correct
yes

(what is worrying you about that?)
 Recognitions: Homework Help yep - hi xuhhad! welcome to PF! It can be a bit daunting at first - especially when an answer seems to come too easily. As you learn more you'll be able to develop strategies to figure out if you are right or not without having to ask anyone. I suppose it next asks for the work done by the frictional force?

## Need help on finding the work done on an Object by the applied force.

Yes it does :/

and again i am stuck sorry for the inconvenience. I really need help.
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 Blog Entries: 27 Recognitions: Gold Member Homework Help Science Advisor hi xuhhad! you seem to have a lack of confidence but your original answer, using the correct definition of work done, was fine, so just do the friction in exactly the same way, and then that'll be fine too! what do you get?

 Quote by Simon Bridge Funny that :) You have to think it through - what is the definition of work in terms of force? Can you write it in words?
hmm the work formula would be W=mg/Δd
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 Quote by xuhhad hmm the work formula would be W=mg/Δd
no, work done = force "dot" displacement

(so it can be positive or negative)
learn this definition!!
 i still don't understand how i can find the frictional force.

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 Quote by xuhhad i still don't understand how i can find the frictional force.
??

the frictional force is given in the question …
it's 60 N horizontally, "backwards"
 OHHHH i get it i just have to use the work formula again, something like this correct W=(-Ff)cos θ * Δd Thak u for all the help

 Quote by xuhhad Yes it does :/ and again i am stuck sorry for the inconvenience. I really need help.
F_kinetic = μ_k F_normal

Does that help?

 Quote by xuhhad This is what i have so far. Since W= (F cos θ)Δd, i did W= (225 N cos 40°)5.0 m ≈ 862 N.m Am i correct
Yes...

This part of your question sounds like:

The problem
A=1, B=2, AB

Relevant equations
AB=AB

Solution
AB=(1)(2)=2
Am I correct?

P.S. I'm not hijacking this thread. I obviously know what 1 multiplied by 2 is. I'm just saying that the problem I wrote is very similar to the problem given by the OP.

 Quote by dimension10 F_kinetic = μ_k F_normal Does that help?
Yes thank u for posting i already completed the question thank u for the help though

 Quote by xuhhad Yes thank u for posting i already completed the question thank u for the help though
Oh..
 if the is a force acting opposite to the direction of motion of the crate ( frictional force= 60N) this implies that the total force pulling the crate is now; 225N - 60N =165N. the reaction force to the floor will be= 50cos40=38.30N Therefore, total pulling force= 165N - 38.30N= 126.7N. Now Work done= 126.7 x 5 = 633.5J