An Elevator and work

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[SOLVED] An Elevator and work

Homework Statement


The loaded cab of an elevator has a mass of 3.0 103 kg and moves 204 m up the shaft in 23 s at constant speed. At what average rate does the force from the cable do work on the cab? Answer in kW.


Homework Equations


Power is the dot product of the force and velocity
Fnet = ma


The Attempt at a Solution


I went about this problem by since Power is the dot product of velocity and the force.
The force would be Tension - W = ma and since ma = 0. tension = W = mg so there is your force m*g

then i take 204m/23s to get the velocity of 68 m/s so. . .

mg*68 to give you the power in watts but since they want the velocity in kW, you divide by 1000 to get to that desided amount. . .

am I going about this problem correctly?
 

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PhanthomJay
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Yes. But check your math in calculating velocity.
 
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haha too funny. . .wow do not know where that number came from
 
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ok so I take my force (mg) and multiply it by 8.87 to give me Power . . but is power what I am searching for?
 
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ok so I take my force (mg) and multiply it by 8.87 to give me Power . . but is power what I am searching for?
Yes. Power is the rate at which work is done (P=W/t). In this problem the work done by the cable force is the product of its force times distance(mgd), so the power is mgd/t, which is the same as mgv.
 
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I do not know what i was doing. . some little mistake. . thanks phanthomJay
 

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