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Homework Help: Force integration for work

  1. Feb 20, 2013 #1
    A 2.3 kg block is acted upon by a horizontal force F(x) = 25.0 - 10.0x where the force is measured in Newtons if x is measured in meters. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and the flat surface is 0.21. The block is initially at x = 0 m. What distance must the block travel if the net work done on the block by F(x) and friction combined is to be exactly zero?

    Force(friction)=mu x mg

    The net work has to equal 0 so i set up the problem like this:
    Wnet= Wfriction-Wf(x)=0
    F(x)d=Ffd (the d's cancel out)
    25-10x=mu x mg (plug in numbers and solve for x)
    x=2.026 m
    I feel like I'm on the right track of how to solve the problem but my x is wrong.
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  3. Feb 20, 2013 #2


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    F(x) is not constant, so the work done by F(x) is not simply F(x)d .

    You must integrate F(x)dx.
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