The distance between the sixth and the eleventh floors of a building is 30.0m. The combined mass of the elevator and its contents is 1350 kg.
a) find the gravitational potential energy of the elevator when it stops at the eighth floor, relative to the sixth floor.
(the answer in the back of my textbook is : 1.5x10^5 J )
now i am thinking E=mgh, but i am also thinking that i an going to need to do something about the work formula. i know that w=F"d, and when the force is acting in the opposite direction, you must use W=F"d cos 180'. but this might be totally irrelevant.
The Attempt at a Solution
with this equation i am getting: E=1350(9.81)(30) E=397305 J