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Homework Help: Work/Force question, can anyone explain?

  1. Nov 8, 2007 #1
    1. A force F = (2.80 N)i + (6.80 N)j + (7.05 N)k acts on a 2.00 kg mobile object that moves from an initial position of di = (3.05 m)i - (2.00 m)j + (5.00 m)k to a final position of df = -(5.00 m)i + (4.05 m)j + (7.00 m)k in 4.00 s.

    2. Relevant equations

    W = Fd

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I thought I could do the pythagorean theorem for the Force...

    square root (2.8^2 + 6.8^2 + 7.05^2), that would give the magnitude of the force.

    Then I did the same thing, the magnitude of df - magnitude of di.

    Then, (magnitude F) * (magnitude df - magnitude di) = W

    But that is incorrect. I am using Web assign online and the answer I get from the previous method does not work. Can anyone explain?
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  3. Nov 8, 2007 #2
    Oh, I forgot the actual question haha.

    (a) Find the work done on the object by the force in the 4.00 interval

    (b) Find the average power due to the force during that interval.

    (c) Find the angle between vectors. di and df.
  4. Nov 9, 2007 #3


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    Here is a definition of work

    One could find it with the magnitude of force applied over the distance.

    But then one simply needs to apply the dot or scalar product

    F [itex]\cdot[/itex] s, where s is the difference between the position vectors df-di.

    Average power is just average work (equivalent to energy) divided by the time over which the work is applied.

    does not work in finding the distance.

    The distance over which the force is applied is the magnitude of the vector which is found by taking the difference between the position vectors df - di.
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