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I am asked to calculate the work done by a force as it moves around a path. The force is F = b(1x^2/a^2)j. The path is a rectangle with coordinates at (0,0); (0,L); (a,L); (a,0). The force moves clockwise around the path beginning at the origin. A diagram is attached.
I know work is the integral of F dot dr.
So for the first path I should have the the force F=b(1x^2/a^2)j dotted with Lj (the path from the origin to point (0,L)). The integral is thus bL (1  x^2/a^2) dy with limits from y=0 to y=L. Is this the right approach? If not, can someone please point me in the right direction??
I know work is the integral of F dot dr.
So for the first path I should have the the force F=b(1x^2/a^2)j dotted with Lj (the path from the origin to point (0,L)). The integral is thus bL (1  x^2/a^2) dy with limits from y=0 to y=L. Is this the right approach? If not, can someone please point me in the right direction??
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