Classical Mechanics - finding displacement with given force

c_pearls

1. Homework Statement
- The force acting on a particle m = 3kg is given by the following force equation: F = (v/9)(3 - x2),
the particle begins at a position of x = 1m with a speed of v = 0 m/s at time t = 0s. Find the displacement of the particle at time t = 5 s.

2. Homework Equations
F = m(dv/dt) or F= m(dv/dx)(v)

3. The Attempt at a Solution
Our professor set up the problem wrong, so he said all we have to do is get to the integral where we'd find x and stop.

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Simon Bridge

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Welcome to PF;
... so what did you do?

c_pearls

Welcome to PF;
... so what did you do?
Well I tried it two ways, neither of which I thought was right...  Simon Bridge

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In the first page, you cannot take the x's outside the integral over t because x is a function of time.
On the second page, you, instead, tried changing the variable ... that seems reasonable to me.
You'll end up with an implicit equation for x(t) but you only need x at a particular time.

c_pearls

In the first page, you cannot take the x's outside the integral over t because x is a function of time.
On the second page, you, instead, tried changing the variable ... that seems reasonable to me.
You'll end up with an implicit equation for x(t) but you only need x at a particular time.
So on the 2nd page you would end up with -(1/3)x3t + 3xt - (8/3)t ?

Simon Bridge

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No - remember, the x terms are not constants in time.
You have to integrate the x terms wrt x.

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