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Course: Calculus II
Topic: Physics
Subtopic: Work

Overview

Today's lesson is a topic from the calculus of physics, work. A force is applied to an object causing it to move a distance. Work is the product of the force and the distance. If the force is constant, this is an easy algebra problem. However variable force requires integration so calculus comes into play.

Objectives

By the end of this topic you should know and be prepared to be tested on:

Terminology

Define: Newton, Joule, force, constant force, variable force, work, Hooke's Law

Supplemental Resources (recommended)

Explore these physics demonstrations at www.myphysicslab.com. Enjoy!

Supplemental Resources (optional)

Lesson: First Applications of Definite Integrals, Dale Hoffman's Contemporary Calculus includes some work problems starting about half-way through this lesson.

Lesson: More Work Applications, Dale Hoffman's Contemporary Calculus