# Help with W=F*v*t*cos(theta)

• ACLerok
In summary, one problem involves finding the power produced by taking the time derivative of an equation. The other problem involves finding the work done on a baseball by a person, where the terms of force, velocity, and angle are all functions of time. The total work can be found by using the kinetic energy of the ball. However, this may require knowledge of calculus which may not be required for the course.

#### ACLerok

The answer to the first part of one of the problems is:
W=F*v*t*cos(theta)
The second asks me to take the time derivative of this equation in order to find the power produced. How do I do this??

Also, say a baseball leaves a pitcher's hand at a speed of v and the mass of the baseball is M_baseball. You can ignore air resistance. What is the work done on the ball by the guy??

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Which terms are functions of time?

f, v, and theta should all be functions of time (usually t). Simply take the derivative with respect to t.

For the second part of the problem, you can use the fact that the total work is equal to the kinetic energy of the ball.

sorry, I've never taken calculus.. i don't undersatnd what youa re saying/

Your original statement of the problem was "The second asks me to take the time derivative of this equation in order to find the power produced."

If you have never taken calculus then you cannot do this problem and probably should not be taking this course.

can u please just tell me the answer?? my prof. says calculus is not required for my physics course. its just that we haven't covered this material yet and I'm moving ahead..

anyone?

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