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Homework Help: Work done during swimming

  1. Mar 10, 2014 #1
    which kind of work is done while swimming? positive or negative?
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  3. Mar 10, 2014 #2


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    What kind of work do you think? How do you feel after a swim? Tired? Worn out?
  4. Mar 11, 2014 #3
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  5. Mar 12, 2014 #4
    i think its both. + and -.
  6. Mar 20, 2014 #5
    If you're swimming in standing water (i.e. a pool), then your arms and legs 'push' the water behind you backward, displacing the water backward (and outward as well), so you do positive work on the water. According to Newton's Third Law, the water pushes back on your arms and legs with a force equal in magnitude but in a direction opposite the force your arms and legs apply to the water, thereby displacing you forward, so the water does positive work on you as well.
  7. Mar 21, 2014 #6


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    Replace yourself with a boat and a propellor. Would the motion of the boat through the water allow you to connect a generator to the propellor and charge a battery for ever - or would the boat slow down?
  8. Jan 24, 2016 #7
    Take this example you stand with a sumo wrestler/fat man on you How do you feel ? Tired? Worn out?
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