# Calculus Work Rope problem helpp ?

1. Nov 17, 2012

### zhao3738

Calculus Work Rope problem helpp plzzz!?

1.) A mountain climber is about to haul up a 50M length of hanging rope. How much work will it take if the rope weighs .624 N/m?

The Work on the rope is W= integral of 0.624xdx from 0 to 50.

2) A 5 lb bucket is lifted from the ground into the air by pulling in 20ft of rope at aconstant speed. The rope weighs 0.08lb/ft. How much much work was spend lifting the bucket and rope.

Just the work on rope = integral of (.08)(20-x)dx from 0 to 20.

My question is how come the work in question one is not 0.624(50-x), and question to is. When do you use the (L-x)? thank you

2. Nov 17, 2012

### johnqwertyful

Re: Calculus Work Rope problem helpp plzzz!?

1) This should be in homework help
2) It all depends on how you set up coordinates. Does x=0 at the bottom? Does x=0 at the top? Somewhere inbetween? Is x+ going up? Is x+ going down? Coordinates are a convention, you can set them up HOWEVER you'd like.