# I was given this homework to do based on Newtons 2nd law, it was marked wrong 0% why?

1. Dec 22, 2011

### SuperNova1

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

(in these questions we were told that g+ 10ms/s i know its not strictly true g should be 9.81 but our teacher told us to do this)

2. A 35 kg block rests on the floor of a lift.
Find the force between the floor and the block if the lift (i) accelerates upwards at 4 ms-2.
(ii) travels upwards at constant speed
(iii) decelerates upwards as it comes to a stop at 7 ms-2.

2. Relevant equations

F(net)=m*a

3. The attempt at a solution

(i) Accelerates upwards at 4 ms/s

Mass = 35kg
g(force due to gravity)= 10 m/s/s
Resultant acceleration = 10 + 4 = 14m/s/s
Force(net) = mass x acceleration
Force (net) = 35 x 14
Force (net) = 490N

(ii) Constant speed

Mass = 35kg
g(force due to gravity) = 10m/s/s
Resultant acceleration = 10 – 0(constant speed = 0 acceleration)
Force(net) = mass x acceleration
Force (net) = 35 x 10
Force(net) = 350N

(iii) Decelerates upwards as it comes to a stop at 7m/s/s

Mass = 35
g(force due to gravity) = 10m/s/s
acceleration upwards = -7m/s/s
resultant acceleration = 10 – 7 = 3m/s/s
Force(net) = mass x acceleration
Force(net) = 35 x 3
Force(net) = 105N

2. Dec 22, 2011

### ehild

Re: I was given this homework to do based on Newtons 2nd law, it was marked wrong 0%

If it is said that an object accelerates with 4 m/s2 upward it means that the "resultant" acceleration is 4 m/s2.

The acceleration is the result of the forces acting on the object: ma = ∑Fi. What forces act on a body lying on a horizontal surface?

ehild

3. Dec 22, 2011

### SuperNova1

Re: I was given this homework to do based on Newtons 2nd law, it was marked wrong 0%

In what way would i calculate the force between the lift and the mass? would i just use 4 as the acceleration and go F = M * a
F= 35 * 4
F= 140N
would this be correct?

4. Dec 22, 2011

### ehild

Re: I was given this homework to do based on Newtons 2nd law, it was marked wrong 0%

This is the resultant of the forces acting on the block. You need to find the force the floor exerts on the block, that is, the normal force, N.
So there are two forces, the normal force N and gravity G=mg.

Draw the forces and the acceleration. What is the direction of the normal force with respect to G? what is the direction of the acceleration with respect to G?

ehild

5. Dec 23, 2011

### SuperNova1

Re: I was given this homework to do based on Newtons 2nd law, it was marked wrong 0%

But then all i would be doing is adding on the weight because the weight (M*g) is acting vertically downwards and the lift is accelerating vertically upwards which means the force must be acting upwards. the net force is surely 140 + the weight because these forces are acting against each other which means that the total force will be greater than either of the two forces. so i calculate weight (35*10) which gives 350 add that to 140 and i get 490N my original answer, whats wrong here? (apart from the acceleration due to gravity)

6. Dec 23, 2011

### ehild

Re: I was given this homework to do based on Newtons 2nd law, it was marked wrong 0%

You mean the net force, N-mg which is equal to ma=35*4=140 N when the lift accelerates upward. Indicate clearly which force you speak about.

The number is correct, but it is not the net force.

In case of constant velocity, the acceleration is zero. It is wrong to say that

"g(force due to gravity) = 10m/s/s": g is acceleration, not force.

"Resultant acceleration = 10 – 0(constant speed = 0 acceleration)"

This is totally wrong. The acceleration is not 10-0=10, but 0.

"Force(net) = 350N" Wrong again. The net force is zero, as the acceleration is zero:N-mg=0. The normal force is 350 N, that would be the correct answer.

(iii) Decelerates upwards as it comes to a stop at 7m/s/s

"acceleration upwards = -7m/s/s
resultant acceleration = 10 – 7 = 3m/s/s"
Wrong again. The "resultant" acceleration is -7 m/s2.

"Force(net) = mass x acceleration"
"Force(net) = 35 x 3"
wrong. The net force is acceleration times mass Fnet=-35*7=-245 N
The net force is equal to gravity + normal force from the floor N (it is upward): Fnet = -mg+N=ma
-350+N=-245 =>N=-245+350=105 N.