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Homework Help: How to find total work done?

  1. Mar 6, 2013 #1
    a strong steady wind provides a force of 170 N in a direction 30 degrees east of north on a person. If the person walks first 110 m north and then 190 m east what is the total work done by the wind?

    I used W=FDcosθ

    should 110 m north be 90 degrees?
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  3. Mar 6, 2013 #2
    Yes, you can take north to mean 90 degrees, but that is 90 degrees from the positive x-axis. So, if you do that, then you have to take all of your angles from the positive x-axis.

    What you want for your θ is the angle between the Force and the displacement. You have two displacement vectors.

    What is the angle between the first "walk" and the force of the wind. And what is the angle between the second "walk" and the wind.
  4. Mar 6, 2013 #3
    would this picture be right?

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  5. Mar 6, 2013 #4
    I would do 2 free body diagrams. Think of the this as two problems. "How much work is done by the wind during your 110m walk?" and "How much work is done by the wind on your 190m walk?"

    You have the right idea in the orginal post. You just need to find the correct angles.
    So, what are your angles?
  6. Mar 6, 2013 #5
    sorry for the bad paint writing

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  7. Mar 6, 2013 #6
    I attached a FBD for the first part. See what you can take from it and apply it to a FBD for the 2nd part. and Then find the work done in each instance.

    Notice your problem says30 degrees due EAST of NORTH.
  8. Mar 6, 2013 #7
    Sorry, here it is.

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  9. Mar 6, 2013 #8
    the angle for part 2 is 60

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  10. Mar 6, 2013 #9
    That looks good, assuming I'm looking at it right. I understand you're using paint do draw these so it's a little tough. Just be sure you're labeling everything correctly (see my diagram) when you draw them on your paper.

    So what you do get for your work?
  11. Mar 6, 2013 #10
    170(190)cos(60)=16150 J
    I added em and it was correct.
    Thank you soo much again! I guessed I didnt not really know what east of north along with it surrounding angles ment until now.
  12. Mar 6, 2013 #11
    Yeah, wording can be tricky sometimes, just have to pay real close attention.
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