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A different type of pulley question -help!

  1. Oct 12, 2004 #1
    Okay, I have this crazy pulley question where a guy is sitting in a box that is attached to a pulley on the ceiling (the pulley system is ideal). He pulls himself up at a constant velocity -how do i find the force needed for him to pull himself up? (the rope goes around the pulley and back down to him- halfway around the pulley)
    What about if he is accelerating upwards?
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  3. Oct 12, 2004 #2

    Doc Al

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    Identify all the forces acting on the "man + box" (treat them as a unit). Note that the man pulls down on one end of the rope, but both ends of the rope pull up on him. Apply Newton's 2nd law.

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  4. Oct 12, 2004 #3
    thanks! I got it! - I didn't realize that the man had double force pulling up on him!
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