# Finding the work done by Spiderman

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For this problem, The answer is ##-4.70 kJ##. I am not sure what I am doing wrong.

My working is ## W = mgr\cos\theta ##
## W = mgr\cos150 ## (since angle between ##\vec g## and ##\vec r## is 150 degrees)
## W = -mgr\frac {\sqrt{3}}{2} ##
## W = -mgr\frac {\sqrt{3}}{2} ##
## W = (-80)(9.81)(12\sin60)(\frac {\sqrt{3}}{2}) ##
## W = -7063.2 J ##

Would some please be to offer some guidance?

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## W = mgr\cos\theta ##
Justify that.

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Thank you for your replies @haruspex and @Lnewqban!

##W = \vec F \times \vec r ##
## W = Fr\cos\theta ## from definition of dot product
F = mg since we are finding work done gravity
##W = mgr\cos\theta ##

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##W = \vec F \times \vec r ##
No, that’s the cross product. You want the dot product.
But leaving that aside, what relationship does ##\vec r## need to have to the force in order for the result to be work done by the force?

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No, that’s the cross product. You want the dot product.
But leaving that aside, what relationship does ##\vec r## need to have to the force in order for the result to be work done by the force?
Sorry, yeah I forgot to do the dot product.

##\vec r## can be at any angle expect ##\theta = 90, 270, 450, n + 180## with the force

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I suggest you redo the problem with 1 degree rather than 60 degrees and you should see your mistake.

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##\vec r## can be at any angle expect ##\theta = 90, 270, 450, n + 180## with the force
No, I mean the functional relationship. "##\vec r## is the displacement through which …".

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I suggest you redo the problem with 1 degree rather than 60 degrees and you should see your mistake.
Thank you @PeroK! I have tried that now. I got a number much under the answer now.

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No, I mean the functional relationship. "##\vec r## is the displacement through which …".
Thank you @haruspex! Spider man moves?

Thank you !

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Thank you @haruspex! Spider man moves?

Thank you !
Wait, I'm sorry - I have objected to the wrong line.
It's this one:
## W = mgr\cos150 ## (since angle between ##\vec g## and ##\vec r## is 150

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Thank you for your replies @haruspex and @Lnewqban!

##W = \vec F \times \vec r ##
## W = Fr\cos\theta ## from definition of dot product
F = mg since we are finding work done gravity
##W = mgr\cos\theta ##

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Who is F and who is W in your diagram?

The weight of Spiderman, force which has done some work, has a unique direction of action: vertical.

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Thank you for your replies @haruspex and @Lnewqban! Sorry I don't understand how the angle between the line extending from the displacement vector and the force of gravity is not 150 degrees.

I think I must have got the angles wrong or something in the diagram. Could someone please show me how to correctly calculate the angle between the displacement and weight vector?

F is the force of gravity acting on spider man and W is the work done by the force of gravity on the spider man.

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You have a triangle with two equal sides (length of the wire in the two positions) and 60 degree angle at the top. What are the other two angles?

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You have a triangle with two equal sides (length of the wire in the two positions) and 60 degree angle at the top. What are the other two angles?

I did not see that it was an isosceles triangle! The two other angles will be 60 degrees each.

I will redo my diagram now.

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Actually is equilateral, isn't it?

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Actually is equilateral, isn't it?

True, you are right! I did not know that an equilateral triangle is a special case of an isosceles triangle!

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Here is the new diagram with the equilateral triangle: It still seems to give ##\theta = 150## thought. I'm still not sure, how to find the correct ##\theta##.

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Here is the new diagram with the equilateral triangle:
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It still seems to give ##\theta = 150## thought. I'm still not sure, how to find the correct ##\theta##.

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What makes you think the angle between the mg line and the dashed orange line that goes up to the right is 90°?

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There are no 90 degrees angles, as you mistakenly show in your first diagram. How can you get 150?

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What makes you think the angle between the mg line and the dashed orange line that goes up to the right is 90°?

Sorry, I did not mean the angle between the mg line at the dashed orange line at 90 degrees. It should be, Many thanks!

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There are no 90 degrees angles, as you mistakenly show in your first diagram. How can you get 150?

Sorry, what do you mean there are no 90-degree angles?

I got 150 degrees since there is a right angle between the two dotted orange lines and a 60 degree angle between and the red mg line and dotted orange line.

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Sorry, I did not mean the angle between the mg line at the dashed orange line at 90 degrees. It should be,
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Ok, but how do you get 60° between mg and the lower dashed orange line?
It would help if you were to draw it a bit more accurately.

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Sorry, what do you mean there are no 90-degree angles?

I got 150 degrees since there is a right angle between the two dotted orange lines and a 60 degree angle between and the red mg line and dotted orange line.

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No, there is not. What is that dotted orange line? If you draw it perpendicular ot the direction of ##\Delta \vec{r} ## then the other angle is not 60 degrees. But you don't need that dotted line. Just draw the weight where ##\Delta \vec{r} ## starts.

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Ok, but how do you get 60° between mg and the lower dashed orange line?
It would help if you were to draw it a bit more accurately.

I think I got 60 degrees from the corresponding angles theorem. Many thanks!

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No, there is not. What is that dotted orange line? If you draw it perpendicular ot the direction of ##\Delta \vec{r} ## then the other angle is not 60 degrees. But you don't need that dotted line. Just draw the weight where ##\Delta \vec{r} ## starts.

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I think I got 60 degrees from the corresponding angles theorem.
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That angle is 60 degrees but the extension of the black line is not along the dotted line that you show in the previous drawing. You see here that the black line is not at 90 degrees relative to this dotted orange line.

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You keep bending lines.
Go back to your diagram in post #1, draw it accurately, and don't mark in right angles that you cannot prove are right angled.

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Thank you for your replies @nasu and @haruspex !

Here is the new diagram, How is it?

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Thank you for your replies @nasu and @haruspex !

Here is the new diagram,
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How is it?

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More accurate in some ways, but you have not marked in any angles, and you have moved the mg line over to the left.

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More accurate in some ways, but you have not marked in any angles, and you have moved the mg line over to the left.
Thank you for your reply @haruspex ! I moved the mg line to the left so I could see from exterior angle theorem that ##\theta = 120~degrees##.

What way were you going to find the angle?

I think I also found ##\vec {\Delta r}## vector correctly now.

To find it I split my equilateral triangle into half to form a right angle triangle I then found the opposite to be 6m so the total displacement must be 12m. But I guess I did not need to do that since the triangle has equal sides.

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Thank you for your reply @haruspex ! I moved the mg line to the left so I could see from exterior angle theorem that ##\theta = 120~degrees##.

What way were you going to find the angle?

I think I also found ##\vec {\Delta r}## vector correctly now.

To find it I split my equilateral triangle into half to form a right angle triangle
View attachment 322466
I then found the opposite to be 6m so the total displacement must be 12m. But I guess I did not need to do that since the triangle has equal sides.

Many thanks!
Ok, so what is the angle between the force mg and the displacement ##\vec r##?

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"Equilateral" means all sides are the same size (equal sides). You don't need to split it and to form right angle triangles. You seem to have a tendency to pick the most complicated ways to solve things., 😃

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Hi @Callumnc1. I’d like to mention an alternative method.

Do you know how to find (changes in) gravitational potential energy? If so, you can use:

Work done by gravity = - (change in gravitational potential energy)

It’s well worth thinking about why the above method is equivalent to the ‘dot product’ method.

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Thank you for your replies @haruspex and @Lnewqban!
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F is the force of gravity acting on spider man and W is the work done by the force of gravity on the spider man.
How are those two forces different?
Acting only vertically, weight can only resist vertical displacement between lowest and highest points.
The muscular energy from Spiderman is the only cause of the horizontal displacement (r→), about which the problem is not asking.
Re-visit post #3 and focus only on pure vertical work.

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