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How much total mechanical work does a eight lifter do in 10 repetitions

  1. Jan 5, 2004 #1
    ok, tell me if i'm wrong:

    the questions asks:
    How much total mechanical work does a eight lifter do in 10 repetitions of lifting (and lowering) 200 kg to a height of 1.0m?

    I'm thinking, since the final total displacement is zero, the answer is 0 right?
     
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  3. Jan 6, 2004 #2

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    The "total mechanical work" is the change in potential energy (and here, since the weight is returned to its initial position that is 0) only for a "conservative" force (i.e. no friction). Of course, gravity is conservative but, in general, the force supplied by muscles is not. I don't think it is possible to give a definite answer without knowing precisely what assumptions are made. Exactly what the total mechanical work is depends a lot on how it is moved. Many texts would not call the work the muscles have to do "mechanical" work. While I think there is a very good argument for "0 work", I recommend you discuss this with your teacher!
     
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