Hello physics whizzes. How much force is required to raise an item weighing 5,000kg to a height of 50 meters in a frictionless environment? It seems that all you would do is F = MA = (5000) (9.80665) = 49,033.25 Newtons, and that the height is irrelevant assuming that the gravity stays constant for the height raised. Questions: Wouldn't that simply put it into equilibrium? Wouldn't one need an infinitesimally larger amount of force on the driving end? Yet wouldn't that infinitesimally larger amount of force on the driving end be for all practical purposes, the same numerically as the force required to lift the load in the first place? If so, then what would be the force required for equilibrium versus the force required to lift the load? Surely they cannot be exactly the same in a frictionless environment? Very much thanks, and this is my first post (or very close to it)!