I honestly feel like a complete idiot asking this, since I know it's really easy, but I just can't get the answer. The question is...(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

A 3.0 kg block moves in a straight line on a horizontal frictionless surface under the influence of a force that varies with position as shown in Figure 7-38 (attached). How much work is done by the force as the block moves from the origin to x = 8.0 m?

I thought this problem was as simple as finding the area under the curve, because it's force versus distance. Doing this, I got -45 because the bottom of the graph goes into the negatives (or 105 if negatives don't mean anything). Neither of these answers are correct (using WebAssign for homework), and I can't figure out why. Am I just being really stupid with the math? Does the mass even matter, I thought it didn't because you're just integrating? Sorry for the stupid question, I just don't have anyone else to ask... :shy:

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# Homework Help: Help with Work (very easy problem)

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