## amistre64 4 years ago Find the amount of work done by lifting 150 ft of wire that weighs 4 lbs/foot.

1. elecengineer

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2. satellite73

i will watch. good morning sensei

3. amistre64

Gmornin :)

4. amistre64

im sure we are starting at one end and winding the whole thing up, at least that is what I pictured

5. satellite73

honestly if i pretended to help i would be making things up. never had a physics class in my life.

6. amistre64

(150-x) would be the length of each "portion" which then weighs 4 lb/ft maybe: $\int_{0}^{150}(150-x)4\ dx$

7. elecengineer

its very easy

8. amistre64

im sure it is, but im wondering if I did the integral correctly ...

9. satellite73

i will learn something...

10. amistre64

i got another one about fluid density pressure after this :)

11. satellite73

physics class?

12. abtrehearn

The total weight of the cable is 600 lb. Find the vertical distance the center of mass moves in ft., then multiply that distance by 600, and you have the ansewr in ft. lb. The hard part is finding the vertical distance. The problem, as stated, does not provide enough information on that score.

13. amistre64

calculus1

14. elecengineer

It assumes it moves vertically, just enough to leave the ground.

15. abtrehearn

Then the vertical distance is 75 ft.

16. abtrehearn

So W = (600lb)(75ft) = 45,000 ft. lb.

17. amistre64

so the 75 comes from 150/2 right?

18. amistre64

how would we set that up as an integral?

19. abtrehearn

I picture one end being lifted up until the other end is just about to leave the ground. Is that the rright scenario?

20. abtrehearn

Half the length. Yes, Amistre.

21. amistre64

i dunno if thats the right scenario; i believe the question was asking, my interpretation is this, you have 150 feet of cable suspended by a winch; how much work is required to roll it all up onto the winch?

22. amistre64

weight of cable being 4 lb/ft

23. abtrehearn

If you want to set it up as an integral, you can start with$\int\limits_{0}^{150}F(x) dx,$where F(x) is the force needed to lift x feet of cable off the ground.

24. abtrehearn

If the weight is 4 lb/ft, then x ft weighs (4x) lb, so 4x is the integrand.

25. abtrehearn

The integral evaluatex to 2x^2, where x = 150. Works out to 2* 22500 = 45,000 ft. lb.

26. amistre64

so if anything, I would have been off by makeing the force = length*weight? [150ft - (x ft off the ground) ] * 4 lb/ft? $\int_{0}^{150}(150-x)4\ dx$ $\int_{0}^{150}(500-4x)\ dx\implies500x-2x^2|^{150}$

27. abtrehearn

:$W = \int\limits_{0}^{150}4x dx = 45,000.$The length is x ft, and the weight pre foot is 4 lb/ft.

28. amistre64

thanx :)

29. abtrehearn

Remember the definition of work?

30. abtrehearn

:^)

31. amistre64

Work = Force x Distance yes :)

32. abtrehearn

That's the idea ; ^)