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A 103 g bullet is fired from a rifle having a barrel .796 m long. Assuming the origin is placed where the bullet begins to move, the force exerted on the bullet by the expanding gas is F = a + bx - cx^2, where a = 10600 N, b = 5000 N/m, c = 39400 N/m^2, with x in meters.

Determine the work done

**by the gas on the bullet**as the bullet travels the length of the barrel.

Also, if the barrel is 1.136 m long, how much work is done?

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I wasnt sure whether or not to treat this problem as a variable force one... the only way i really know how to do that is by using a "spring-like" constant, but I am not sure if that is really applicable in this problem.

Could anyone point me in the right direction?