Posted by J on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 11:37pm.
Find the total work done by a 15 N force in the direction of the vector [1,2,2], when it moves a particle from O[0,0,0] to P[1,3,4] and then from P to A[7,2,5]. Distance is measured in metres.

Calculus  MathMate, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 2:14pm
Work done by a force F along a vector P is F.P (dot product). So total work done is
F.P + F.A
where A=<1,3,4>, P=<71, 2(3), 54>
and F=15<1,2,2>/sqrt(1^2+2^2+2^2)=<5,10,10>
The division by sqrt(...) is required to normalize the direction vector to a unit vector. 
Calculus  J, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 1:11am
I don't understand it.. what is the final work done? Also, the arrows (< and >) are they actually supposed to be written as < and > or are they supposed to mean brackets ( ) or these brackets []
thank you 
Calculus  MathMate, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 3:40pm
Most books write vectors as <x,y,z> to differentiate from a point (x,y,z).
You would separate the work done by P along the two lines (vectors) OP and PA.
The force is 15N along <1,2,2>. Since <1,2,2> is not a unit vector, we need to normalize it as
<1,2,2>/sqrt(1^2+2^2+2^2)=<1,2,2>/3
So the force is
F=15<1,2,2>/3 = 5<1,2,2>=<5,10,10>
Work done is F.D, where F and D are vectors, and . represents the dot product.
The first part of the work is
F.OP=<5,10,10>.<10,30,40>
=<5,10,10>.<1,3,4>
=5*110*3+10*4
=15
I'll leave it to you to calculate the second part, F.PA, where
A=<71, 2(3), 54>=<6,5,1> 
Calculus  J, Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 4:05pm
could you help me calculate the second part also? thank you

Calculus  MathMate, Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 8:53pm
F.PA=<5,10,10><6,5,1>
=5*6+10*5+10*1
=30+50+1
=81 
Calculus  J, Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 9:43am
Isnt it 30 + 50 + 10 because 10* 1 is 10 so final is = 90