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Fundamentals Of Physics
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A CD case slides along a floor in the positive direction of an xaxis while an applied force role="math" localid="1657190456443" Facts on the case. The force is directed along the xaxis and has the x componentFax=9x-3x2, with in meters and Faxin Newton. The case starts at rest at the position x=0, and it moves until it is again at rest. (a) Plot the work role="math" localid="1657190646760" Fadoes on the case as a function of x. (b) At what position is the work maximum, and (c) what is that maximum value? (d) At what position has the work decreased to zero? (e) At what position is the case again at rest?

  1. Graph is plotted below.
  2. Work is maximum at x=3 m
  3. Maximum value of work is W=13.5J.
  4. Work has decreased to zero at x=4.5m.
  5. The case is again at rest at x =4.5m.
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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Given information

It is given that, force is given as,


Step 2: Determining the concept

The problem deals with the work done which is the fundamental concept of physics. Work is the displacement of an object when force is applied to it.Use the concept of work related to force and displacement and kinetic energy.Plot the graph of work done vs. displacement. From the graph, determine the positions where the work done is maximum or zero.



Where, F is force, d is displacement, m is mass, vi,vfare initial and final velocities and W is the work done.

Step 3: (a) Determining the graph of work done on the case as a function of x

Find the work done by integration of the given function,

W=Faxdx =9x-3x2dx =9x2-x3

Step 4: (b) Determining the position where work is maximum

From the above graph, at x = 3, the work is maximum.

Hence, work is maximum at x =3 m.

Step 5: (c) Determining the maximum value of work

Use the equation found in part a) to find the maximum value of work, which is at x = 3m,

W=9x22-x3 =9(3)22-(3)3 =13.5 J

Hence, maximum value of work is W =13.5 J.

Step 6: (d) Determining the position where work has decreased to zero

From the graph, work is zero at x =4.5 m.

Hence, work has decreased to zero at x =4.5 m.

Step 7: (e) Determining the position where the case is again at rest

The case initially starts from rest and finally comes to rest,

W=12mvf2-12mvi2 =12m(0)2-12m(0)2

So, the case comes to rest at position x=4.5 m

Therefore, the concept of work related to force and displacement and work-energy theorem can be used.

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