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Short Answer

A particle moves in a vertical plane along the closed path seen in FIGURE Q9.7, starting at A
and eventually returning to its starting point. Is the work done by gravity positive, negative, orzero? Explain.

The work done is Zero.

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Step 1 : Given Information

A particle moves in a vertical plane along the closed path seen in FIGURE Q9.7, starting at A
and eventually returning to its starting point.

Step 2 : Explanation

The work done is given by the multiplication of force and displacement in the direction of force.

W=F x d.

In this case displacement d =0 as it returns to the same point.

So the work done will be

W = F x 0 =0

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