Physics - Mechanics and Ocsillatory Motion

The force shown in the figure acts on a 1.7-kg object whose initial speed is 0.44 m/s and initial position is x = 0.27 m.

the figure can be found at:
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(a) Find the speed of the object when it is at the location x = 0.92 m.

(b) At what location would the object's speed be 0.34 m/s?

I have tried several times using W = F_1(x_1) + F_2(x_2-x_1) and then W = KE_f - KE_i to solve for the first part but keep getting the answer wrong. For the second part I have tried many different things but its all just guessing, really. Please Help!!!

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  1. find the area of the figure from x1 to x2. That area is the energy in joules added. Then set that area to difference in KE (KEf-KEi)

    use basic area under the curves (break it up into rectangles and add).

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  2. thanks, I've got the first part correct now. can anybody help out a little more on the second part? I'm still completely confused.

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  3. same thing.

    figure the change of KE.
    Then figure the x to achieve that area.

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  4. Thank you.

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