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A crane lifts a 425-kg steel beam vertically upward a distance of 95 m. How much work (in kJ) does gravity do on the beam if the beam accelerates upward at 1.8 m/s2? Neglect frictional forces. Give your answer to 3 significant figures and remember that work can be positive or negative.

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  1. the gravitational force is constant over this short distance

    the change in gravitational potential energy (work) is ... m * g * h
    ... the work is negative (against gravity)

    FYI ... technically, the answer sig fig is the smallest of the input data
    ... the distance (h) is only two sig fig

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