# How much time does it take to lift the piano?

Hello,

I thought I knew how to solve for this problem but alas I was wrong. I'm hoping someone will be able to point me in the right direction.

Here's the problem: A 1.40x10^2 kg piano is being lifted at a steady speed from ground level straight up to an apartment 18.0m above the ground. The crane that is doing the lifting produces a steady power of 4.00x10^2 W. How much time does it take to lift the piano?

So here's what I did:

The equation for power is P = W/t.

The equation for W (work done) is W = (Fcos0)s.

I have P (at least this is my thinking here). P is 4.00x10^2 and I would need to find W and then I could solve for t.

F = ma, however I don't know what my acceleration is. I calculated it with 9.80 but my answer was incorrect. So if all my original thinking in finding t is correct then all I really need help with is finding F.

Any help provided will be greatly appreciated.

Pyrrhus
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Stunner, that does not equal work.

Conservation of Mechanical Energy
$$\Delta K + \Delta \Omega = 0$$

By the way, if the speed is steady(i suppose it means constant) what will be the change of kinetic energy?

You could apply (Conservative System Work)

$$W = -\Delta \Omega$$

Alternatively,

Newton's 1st Law

$$\sum_{i=1}^{n} \vec{F}_{i} = 0 \rightarrow \vec{v} = constant$$

You could use this to establish the force exerted to lift it is equal to the weight of the piano, in magnitude.