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Homework Help: Work done dissipated as heat (object moving up a plane)

  1. May 17, 2010 #1
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    I get the answer as 240, but the correct answer is 120. What I did was get the component of the weight using mgsinθ = 6, then 6x40.

    The answer says you need to do 360-240=120. I'm confused with what each value is.

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  3. May 17, 2010 #2


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    You calculated the work of gravity. What was the question really?

  4. May 17, 2010 #3
    I don't understand how to solve this. How do you find out how much of the work done is dissipated as heat?
  5. May 17, 2010 #4


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    There are three forces doing work. The applied one, gravity and friction. According to the work-energy theorem, the change of KE equal to the work done on the body. It moves with constant speed, KE does not change. The entire work done of all forces is zero. You obtained the magnitude of the work of gravity, now get the work of the constant force, and decide which one is positive and which is negative. The work of the dissipative force + work of gravity + work of applied force = 0

  6. May 17, 2010 #5
    I found out how to get the answer, but I still don't get how there is no work done in moving the object from the bottom to the top.
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    There is work done by the applied force, 40 m* 9 kN = 360 kJ. Gravity does negative work as the force is opposite to the vertical displacement. This work is -240 kJ. The third is the work of friction or other dissipative force Wd, it opposes motion so it has to be taken with negative sign. 360-240-Wd=0
    You can think on an other way. The applied force increases the potential energy as it lifts up the body by 12 m. The work of the applied force is 360 kJ, the change of PE is 240 kJ. The difference will be dissipated, as the KE does not change.

  8. May 17, 2010 #7
    Thank you echild for the help, I fully understand it now.
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