Worksheet: Mechanical Work

In this worksheet, we will practice calculating the work done by a force that acts on an object over a distance.

Q1:

What average force must be applied to move a computer’s mouse by 0.30 m if this force does 0.75 J of work?

Q2:

2 2 4 0 J of work is done to a bookcase being pushed by a constant force of 1 6 0 0 N. How far is the bookcase pushed by the force?

Q3:

A force of 320 N is continually applied to push a trolley through a supermarket parking lot. If the trolley is pushed for a distance of 15 meters, how much work was done on the trolley?

Q4:

A 25 N force acts continuously on an object to move it 7.2 m. How much work is done by the force?

Q5:

A force does 480 J of work pushing an object 32 m. What is the magnitude of the force?

Q6:

How much work is done by a 12 N force acting on an object and moving it a distance of 1.5 m?

  • A 10.5 J
  • B 8 J
  • C 13.5 J
  • D 18 J
  • E 4 J

Q7:

54 J of work is done when pushing an initially stationary wheeled desk of mass 48 kg across the floor of a hall. The desk is moved halfway across the 30 m length of the hall in a time of 20 seconds and then released. The friction of the wheels with the hall’s floor is negligible.

How much work is done per meter that the desk is moved?

What is the average acceleration of the desk over the distance that it moves?

What is the velocity of the desk when it is released?

Q8:

An average force of 6 2 5 0 N is applied by a car’s wheels while the car moves a distance of 880 m. The car’s engine does 10 megajoules of work to move the car. How much work, in megajoules, was done that did not involve moving the car, such as moving the air around the car, moving parts of the road surface, and heating parts of the car?

Q9:

Which of the following formulas correctly shows the relationship between the magnitude of a force, the work done by that force, and the distance moved in the direction of the applied force by the object that the force is applied to?

  • A π‘Š = 𝑑 𝐹
  • B π‘Š = 𝐹 𝑑
  • C π‘Š = 𝑑 βˆ’ 𝐹
  • D π‘Š = 𝐹 𝑑
  • E π‘Š = 𝐹 βˆ’ 𝑑

Q10:

A 650 N constant force is applied by a traveler in a winter landscape to pull a sled of mass 125 kg a distance of 1.4 m across a frozen lake. While the sled is being dragged, it accelerates at an average rate of 0.12 m/s2.

How much work is done in total moving the sled across the lake?

How much work is done to accelerate the sled?

The sled was at rest before the traveler started to pull it across the lake. What is the velocity of the sled just after it has crossed the lake? Round your answer to two decimal places.

Q11:

A carer does 36 J of work in 24 s to push a baby carriage at a speed of 0.25 m/s. What average force does the carer apply on the baby carriage?

Q12:

The work done on an object to move it some distance is shown in the graph.

What force is applied to the object over the first 4 m that it moves?

What force is applied to the object when it is moving from 4 m to 7 m away from its position where the force was initially applied?

What force is applied to the object when it is moving from 7 m to 10 m away from its position where the force was initially applied?

What average force is applied to the object when it is moving from 3 m to 9 m away from its position where the force was initially applied?

Q13:

A constant force pushes an object for 25 m, as shown in the diagram. How much work is done by the force?

Q14:

A person pushes a metal crate a distance of 35 m across ice that has negligible friction, applying a constant force of 48 N, as shown in the diagram. When the crate reaches the edge of the ice, it passes onto sand and the person continues pushing with the same constant force as they applied while on the ice. The crate travels 14 m across the sand before coming to rest. What is the net force acting on the crate as it moves across the sand?

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