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Calc 2 vectors

  1. Apr 25, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A constant force F=4i+2j+2k moves an object along a straight line from the point (1, -5, 1) to the point (1, -1, 0).

    Find the work done if the force is measured in newtons and the position is measured in meters.

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I used the distance formula to find the distance between the two points which is sqrt(17)

    But what is the correct way to multiply the Force vector by this distance?
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  3. Apr 25, 2010 #2
    1. Add up the x y and z components of work or 2. use the dot product of F and D, where D is the displacement.
  4. Apr 25, 2010 #3


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    You should get in the habit of using the more general definition of work from [itex]\textbf{r}_1[/itex] to [itex]\textbf{r}_2[/itex]:

    [tex]W=\int_{\textbf{r}_1}^{\textbf{r}_2} \textbf{F}\cdot d\textbf{r}[/tex]

    In your case, [itex]\textbf{F}[/itex] is uniform so you can pull it out of the integral

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