1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A chain of mass M and length L is suspended vertically with the lower end touching a scale. the chain is released and falls onto the scale. what is the reading of the chain when a length x is fallen? neglect the size of individual links 2. Relevant equations dp = IMPULSE=F*dt p=mv 3. The attempt at a solution Well this is what I've done so far. the velocity of the specific part of the chain when it hits the scale is V= sqrt(2gx) F1= Mgx/L -weight of a X part of the chain. now the second force is quite a problem. F2=dp/dt=d(mv)/dt =V(dm/dt)...... what do I do from here?? i need to express dm/dt with the information i got, but cant find a way... =trying to translate it to words: the rate the mass hits the chain or...? I'm kinda stuck. Any help appreciated! Thank You.