# Integral of (Force * Velocity).

1. Oct 7, 2008

### Skatch

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A particle moves in the x-y plane having the components of its velocity to be:

$$x = 64\sqrt{3}t$$ and $$y = 64t - 16t^2$$,

and a force acting on this particle is proportional to its velocity. Find:

$$\int(F \cdot V)dt$$

from t = 0 to t = 4. Give a physical meaning to your result.

2. Relevant equations

Not sure.

3. The attempt at a solution

I'm having a hard time getting started here, because I don't know what F is. I've got:

$$V = (64\sqrt{3}t)i + (64t - 16t^2)j$$,

right? But I don't know what to dot it with inside the integral. I'm not looking for a total solution here, I'm just wondering if someone can quickly tell me what exactly F is. I should be ok from there.

If F is proportional to V, do I just set

$$F = (64a\sqrt{3}t)i + (64at - 16at^2)j$$

for some unknown constant a?

Thanks.

Last edited: Oct 7, 2008
2. Oct 7, 2008

### Skatch

So, if I set F equal to what I stated above, I get an answer of:

$$\int( F \cdot V ) dt = \int(16384 a t^2 - 2048 a t^3 + 256 a t^4)dt = (4063232 a)/15$$

I don't even know what to make of that...

Last edited: Oct 7, 2008
3. Oct 7, 2008

### nasu

Why would the force be proportional to the velocity?
You know (I hope) that F=m*a.
And acceleration is the derivative of velocity, isn't it?

The significance of the integral... v*dt is ds (distance). Force time distance = ???

4. Nov 25, 2010

### ify7007

Force times Distance equals Work

5. Nov 25, 2010

### vela

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Because it's a given in the problem.