Work Done by/Against the Gravity

Work Done Against the Force of Gravity

Ranjit runs up a staircase of 35 steps. Each step is 15cm in height. Given that Ranjit’s mass is 45kg, find the work done by Ranjit to reach the top of the staircase.

In this case, Ranjit does work to overcome the gravity.

Ranjit’s mass = 45kg
Vertical height of the motion, h = 35 × 0.15
Gravitational field strength, g = 10 ms-2

Work done, W = ?
W = mgh
W = (45)(10)(35 × 0.15)
W = 2362.5J

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