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  1. Nov 8, 2003 #1
    I'm having trouble with one problem. The question aske me to finf the amount of power from the equation I found for work. Here is the equation for work: W=F*v*t*cos(theta) I am supposed to come up with an equation that will tell me how much power this is using the variables in the equation. A friend told me to take the derivative but I'm nto sure how to. How do i go about this?

    Oh and this as well:
    To stretch a spring a distance x_1 from its unstretched length, an amount of work of W must be done.

    How much work must be done to compress this spring a distance x_2 from its unstretched length?
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  3. Nov 8, 2003 #2
    power is work/time
    that should be a pretty good hint
  4. Nov 9, 2003 #3


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    Knowing the definition of "power" would be extremely useful in doing any problem about power! Are you sure that you do?

    You need to know either:
    that the formula for work done in either compressing or stretching a spring a distance x is (1/2)kx2 where k is the spring constant and x is the distance stretched or compressed or
    (what follows immediately from that formula)
    that the work done in compressing or stretching a spring a distance x is proportional to x2.

    IF W is the work done stretching the spring a distance x_1 and W_2 is the work done in compressing it a distance x_2, then
    W/(x_1)2= W_2/(x_2)2(= (1/2)k) so that

    W_2= (x_2/x_1)2 W_1
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