# An elevator moving up and a bolt falling down

1. Aug 28, 2007

### chaotixmonjuish

A bolt comes loose from the bottom of an elevator that is moving upward at a speed of 6.38 m/s. The bolt reaches the bottom of the elevator shaft in 3.85 s. How high up was the elevator when the bolt came loose?

I integrated 6.38 to get the position equation and plugged in 3.85. However, I'm not really sue that's right at all. Could someone show me what type of equation I should be using?

2. Aug 28, 2007

### chaotixmonjuish

Should I get the height of the elevator at 3.85 seconds. Then use 9.8m/s and create a position equation for the falling bolt.

3. Aug 28, 2007

$$s = ut + \frac{1}{2}at^2$$