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Unformatted text preview: If the particle travels from x o to x f then: F n δx = F(x)dx Thus W= F(x)dx We have generated an integral equation that specifies the work done over a
specific distance by a position dependent force.
It must be noted that this equation only holds in the one dimensional case.
In other words, this equation can only be used when the force is always parallel or antiparallel to the displacement of the particle.
The integral is, in effect, quite simple, as we only have to integrate our force
function, and evaluate at the end points of the particle's journey. ...
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