what is the work done BY A PERSON in carrying an object against gravity
a. positive
b. negative

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- anonymous

what is the work done BY A PERSON in carrying an object against gravity
a. positive
b. negative

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- JamesJ

Positive, as it adds energy to the object. By working against gravity, the person is taking the object higher from the surface of the earth. Hence the change of the gravitational Potential Energy of the object is positive, and therefore the work done on the object by the person must also be positive.

- anonymous

that's exactly what i thought but my physics teacher said that
W=energy gained=mgh
and since g is negative therefore work done is negative
what do u say 'bout this.

- JamesJ

If at the surface of the earth, I lift a 1 kg mass up 1 meter, then it has higher gravitational PE to the tune of
\[ PE = mgh = g \]
The number \( g \) here has to be positive, because the PE is higher.

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- ricardovg

Positive, W=Force*Height=mgh and all magnitues are positive.

- JamesJ

If it were the case that the g in these equations were negative, how is it that a mass dropped from a height of 2 meters has a higher kinetic energy, KE, when it reaches the ground than an object dropped from 1 meter? It makes no physical sense.

- ricardovg

The force a man do to take the object higher from the surface of the earth is positive, and the force earth do is negative and equals to that of the person.

- ricardovg

The object win potencial energy.

- anonymous

its positive

- ricardovg

Down negative, Up positive, Force is a vector, has direction and magnitude.

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