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Unformatted text preview: 1 Work Another use of calculus is to calculate the amount of work done completing a task. For basic things, we have the formula Work = Force Distance Example 1.1. Do an example in metric and Imperial. But just like with our formulas for velocity and such, this only works if the force and the distance are both constants. But in real life, they arent always. Often, the force can change as work is done. Lets say that at a given point x the force is f ( x ). How do we calculate the work done to move it from point a to point b ? Well, we do this like weve done everything else so far. We approximate. First, we notice that even though the force can change over the interval, if we break it up into smaller intervals, it might change as much. So first we break the interval down into subintervals [ x i ,x i +1 ] and look at the work down over the smaller interval. The force will still change, but the formula W = Fd will be a better approximation. The distance of each interval is x . For the work done, pick any point in the interval,....
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This note was uploaded on 02/29/2008 for the course MAT 142 taught by Professor Varies during the Spring '08 term at Lehigh University .
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