This problem requires us to find the **position**** **of the object after a force giving it constant acceleration is applied.

This is a **Forces with Calculus** type of problem since we have the force as a function of time. We'll follow these steps:

**Use the Newton's Second Law equation Σ***F*=to find a function for the acceleration**ma****Integrate**the**acceleration function**to get velocity (don't forget about the integration constant!)**Integrate the velocity**to get the position (if required)**Calculate**the position and/or velocity at a**specific time**of interest (if required)

A diagram like this one can help you remember the relationships between the variables:

$\mathit{P}\begin{array}{c}{\mathbf{\leftarrow}}\\ {\mathbf{\to}}\end{array}\underset{\frac{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{d}\mathit{t}}}{\overset{{\mathbf{\int}}{\mathit{d}}{\mathit{t}}}{\mathit{V}}}\begin{array}{c}{\mathbf{\leftarrow}}\\ {\mathbf{\to}}\end{array}\underset{\mathit{F}\mathbf{=}\mathit{m}\mathit{a}}{\mathit{A}\mathbf{,}\mathit{F}}$

Remember the **power rule** of integration:

$\overline{){\mathbf{\int}}{{\mathbf{t}}}^{{\mathbf{n}}}{\mathbf{}}{\mathbf{d}}{\mathbf{t}}{\mathbf{=}}\frac{\mathbf{1}}{\mathbf{n}\mathbf{+}\mathbf{1}}{{\mathbf{t}}}^{\mathbf{n}\mathbf{+}\mathbf{1}}{\mathbf{+}}{\mathbf{C}}}$, where **C** is the constant of integration.

Since we're looking for the object's **position**, we want to find an expression for **x****( t)**, which is the integral of the velocity function

The **velocity** function is the **integral** of the acceleration function,** a(t)**. We're not given that, either, but we are given a function for

A mysterious rocket-propelled object of mass 45.5 kg is initially at rest in the middle of the horizontal, frictionless surface of an ice-covered lake. Then a force directed east and with magnitude *F*(*t*) = (16.1 N/s)*t* is applied.

How far does the object travel in the first 5.25 s after the force is applied?

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