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    work for closed curve x+y=1 in the plane z=0

    Hi I am not sure if i am doing this right.The question im having issues with is in green text.
    The text in blue are the other parts of the question(I included it because it may be necessary...but was easy to calculate.)..
    F is a force field . F=2xyzi+ (xz+2y)j+(xy-2z)k
    Calculate ∇xF,and show its conservative.
    find potential function Φ for F,
    Hence find the work done by F.around the closed curve x+y=1 in the plane z=0, transversed in a counterclockwise direction ,starting and ending at the point (1,0,0)
    (Clearly this is the base of a cylinder.)
    Here is my method :

    letting x=costi (α)
    y=sintj
    since x+y=1,y=√1-x (β)
    then subbing (α) into (B)
    I got r=sinti+costj=1 t ranges from 0 to 2π
    then dr=(2sintcost)idt-(2costsint)jdt
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    Re: work for closed curve x+y=1 in the plane z=0

    Quote Originally Posted by n22 View Post
    Hi I am not sure if i am doing this right.The question im having issues with is in green text.
    The text in blue are the other parts of the question(I included it because it may be necessary...but was easy to calculate.)..
    F is a force field . F=2xyzi+ (xz+2y)j+(xy-2z)k
    Calculate ∇xF,and show its conservative.
    find potential function Φ for F,
    Hence find the work done by F.around the closed curve x+y=1 in the plane z=0, transversed in a counterclockwise direction ,starting and ending at the point (1,0,0)
    (Clearly this is the base of a cylinder.)
    Here is my method :

    letting x=costi (α)
    y=sintj
    since x+y=1,y=√1-x (β)
    then subbing (α) into (B)
    I got r=sinti+costj=1 t ranges from 0 to 2π
    then dr=(2sintcost)idt-(2costsint)jdt
    Isn't the work done 0 just because you have a closed curve and a conservative field?

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    Re: work for closed curve x+y=1 in the plane z=0

    [QUOTE=zzephod;791883]Isn't the work done 0 just because you have a closed curve and a conservative field?

    Hi, yes you are correct.... but what if it were not a closed curve...............then how would one approach this question?
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    Re: work for closed curve x+y=1 in the plane z=0

    [QUOTE=n22;791951]
    Quote Originally Posted by zzephod View Post
    Isn't the work done 0 just because you have a closed curve and a conservative field?

    Hi, yes you are correct.... but what if it were not a closed curve...............then how would one approach this question?
    You use x=\cos(\theta), y=\sin(\theta), z=0 and integrate F(\cos(\theta).\sin(\theta),0) with respect to \theta from \theta=0 to 2\pi.

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