Hi, there's a question in the book that says:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

"An elevator of height 3 m moves upward at 2m/s. A ball is dropped from the roof. a) when does it hit the floor? b) what is the total distance travelled relative to the ground?"

Now, the way I had set it up was that when the ball drops, it falls with an initial velocity of 0m/s and an acceleration of -9.8m/s^2. However, I also took into account the velocity of the elevator moving upwards at 2m/s... I was wondering why we disregard that velocity? (the answer in the book is 0.78s).

Also for part B, I'm not exactly sure how to reach the book's answer. What I did was use the total time, multiplied by the elevator's velocity, so 1.56m. Therefore, once the ball reaches the floor, 0.78 seconds would have passed and thus, it would be 1.56m from the ground. However, the answer is 1.84m, so I'm a little stumped. Any help is appreciated!

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# Homework Help: A question about elevators

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