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Point of Application of a Force

  1. Dec 3, 2012 #1
    Can someone give me examples of the following two situations and clarify each situation?
    -An object is stationary but the point of application of the force moves on the object.
    -An object moves in such a way that the point of application of the force remains fixed.
    Moreover, what can one say about the work done by the force on the object in each case?
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  3. Dec 3, 2012 #2


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    This sure looks like a homework assignment. Is it?
  4. Dec 3, 2012 #3


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    If an object is stationary, the net force on the object is zero. At a minimum, you'd need a pair of equal but opposing forces to have a force on a stationary object, but the problem statement seems to imply there's only a single force, so it's not clear what the point of the first problem statement is.
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