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Consider a particle on which a force acts that depends on the position of the particle. This force is given by F 1 = ( 2 y ) i ^ + ( 3 x ) j ^ . Find the work done by this force when the particle moves from the origin to a point 5 meters to the right on the x -axis.

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A boy pulls a 5-kg cart with a 20-N force at an angle of 30 ° above the horizontal for a length of time. Over this time frame, the cart moves a distance of 12 m on the horizontal floor. (a) Find the work done on the cart by the boy. (b) What will be the work done by the boy if he pulled with the same force horizontally instead of at an angle of 30 ° above the horizontal over the same distance?

a. 208 N · m ; b. 240 N · m

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A crate of mass 200 kg is to be brought from a site on the ground floor to a third floor apartment. The workers know that they can either use the elevator first, then slide it along the third floor to the apartment, or first slide the crate to another location marked C below, and then take the elevator to the third floor and slide it on the third floor a shorter distance. The trouble is that the third floor is very rough compared to the ground floor. Given that the coefficient of kinetic friction between the crate and the ground floor is 0.100 and between the crate and the third floor surface is 0.300, find the work needed by the workers for each path shown from A to E . Assume that the force the workers need to do is just enough to slide the crate at constant velocity (zero acceleration). Note: The work by the elevator against the force of gravity is not done by the workers.

The figure shows the three dimensional 30 meter by 10 meter by 10 meter box defined by the paths described in the problem. The starting point A is at the bottom front left corner. Point B is 30 meters to the right of A. Point C is 10 meters behind point B. Point D is 10 meters above point C. Point E is directly above point B and in front of point D. Point F is directly above point A and to the left of point E. Two paths, both starting at A and ending at E, are indicated by arrows. One path starts at A, goes right to B, back to C, up the elevator to D, and forward to E. The other path starts at A, goes up the elevator to F, then to the right to E.
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A hockey puck of mass 0.17 kg is shot across a rough floor with the roughness different at different places, which can be described by a position-dependent coefficient of kinetic friction. For a puck moving along the x -axis, the coefficient of kinetic friction is the following function of x , where x is in m: μ ( x ) = 0.1 + 0.05 x . Find the work done by the kinetic frictional force on the hockey puck when it has moved (a) from x = 0 to x = 2 m , and (b) from x = 2 m to x = 4 m .

a. 0.9 N · m ; b. −0.83 N · m

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A horizontal force of 20 N is required to keep a 5.0 kg box traveling at a constant speed up a frictionless incline for a vertical height change of 3.0 m. (a) What is the work done by gravity during this change in height? (b) What is the work done by the normal force? (c) What is the work done by the horizontal force?

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A 7.0-kg box slides along a horizontal frictionless floor at 1.7 m/s and collides with a relatively massless spring that compresses 23 cm before the box comes to a stop. (a) How much kinetic energy does the box have before it collides with the spring? (b) Calculate the work done by the spring. (c) Determine the spring constant of the spring.

a. 10. J; b. 10. J; c. 380 N/m

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You are driving your car on a straight road with a coefficient of friction between the tires and the road of 0.55. A large piece of debris falls in front of your view and you immediate slam on the brakes, leaving a skid mark of 30.5 m (100-feet) long before coming to a stop. A policeman sees your car stopped on the road, looks at the skid mark, and gives you a ticket for traveling over the 13.4 m/s (30 mph) speed limit. Should you fight the speeding ticket in court?

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Source:  OpenStax, University physics volume 1. OpenStax CNX. Sep 19, 2016 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col12031/1.5
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