# Homework Help: Help meei dont get it

1. Oct 18, 2007

### kaytee28

A box weighing 71 N rests on a table. A rope tied to the box runs vertically upward over a pulley and a weight is hung from the other end

Determine the force that the table exerts on the box if the weight hanging on the other side of the pulley weighs each of the following.
(a) 27 N

(b) 66 N

(c) 98 N

help meeee?

2. Oct 18, 2007

### cristo

Staff Emeritus
This isn't relativity! You should post in the homework forums in future. Also, note that we cannot help you until you have shown us some effort. So, what have you tried thus far?

3. Oct 18, 2007

### kaytee28

Okay...I'll post it in the homework one next time. I'm sorry about that.. And I've tried multiplying all of them by gravity and it's gotten me no where and I don't know what else to do for it.

4. Oct 18, 2007

### malty

An attempt would be nice to see, anyways is the pulley perfectly frictionless or can we assume it to be the case.

This problem just requires the sum of the forces acting upon the table. Calculate those in each case and you have your answer.

Hint:Draw a diagram, and look at what the mass added to the pulley would do.

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5. Oct 18, 2007

### cristo

Staff Emeritus
Take each part separately, and try drawing a free body diagram for the box on the table. What forces are acting on the box?

6. Oct 18, 2007

### kaytee28

We just have to assume about the friction being there, but what do you mean by just the sum of all of the forces?

And normal force, tension, friction, acceleration, velocity, and acceleration are all acting on the box.

7. Oct 18, 2007

### malty

Well, I'd say you'd had to assume that there's no friction in the pulley if no details are given. As cristo said draw the diagram, and see what is happening. . .

8. Oct 18, 2007

### kaytee28

okay, then there is no friction, but I drew the diagram but I still am confused about how to figure the problem out and plugging things in where.

9. Oct 18, 2007

### malty

Any chance you could show us this diagram?

ok consider the block with the pulley what forces are acting on it, and in what direction?

Secondly consider the mass hanging down, again what forces are acting on it, and in what direction.
Now what difference does the pulley actually make?

10. Oct 18, 2007

### kaytee28

I don't know how to show the diagram on here, otherwise I would. On the box..wouldn't normal force and tension being going upwards, gravity going downwards? And the mass would have gravity and acceleration going down? I'm not really sure about the difference it makes.

11. Oct 18, 2007

### malty

The pulley is the key, what difference does that make.
Hint : Directions

12. Oct 18, 2007

### kaytee28

I dont get what difference it makes at all. I'm so confused on how to do this one.

13. Oct 18, 2007

### malty

Ok, what would the pulley do, if no box was attached to it, and only the masses you were to add to it were attached to it?

What would happen to the masses?

Now consider what would happen if the masses were removed and only the box was attached to the pulley.. what would happen to the box?

14. Oct 18, 2007

### kaytee28

If there was no box, the weight would move until it hit the ground.

And if there was only a box, it would be resting on the table and wouldn't be moving anywhere.

15. Oct 18, 2007

### malty

Now put the two of these together. . .

Hint: For the box to be in equilbrium and stationary Net F=0

16. Oct 18, 2007

### kaytee28

but then what equation would I use for that if F=0? because then it wouldn't come out right?

17. Oct 18, 2007

### malty

No,
The Net Force = 0

18. Oct 18, 2007

### kaytee28

but then what equaton would I use if F=0? because then wouldn't it not work out correctly?

19. Oct 18, 2007

### kaytee28

so then what equation does that go into for net force? because then I have to do what the table exerts on to each box.

20. Oct 18, 2007

### malty

no the net force equals the sum of the forces acting on the box.

i.e the net force acting on the chair you're sitting on at the mo (i presume you're sitting down) are
(your weight)+ (the force exerted upon the chair by the ground) = 0
mg+f(ground)=0