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Normal force on box on elevator floor?

  1. Sep 26, 2004 #1
    In Fig. 5-42, elevator cabs A and B are connected by a short cable and can be pulled upward or lowered by the cable above cab A. Cab A has mass 1700 kg and cab B has mass 1200 kg. A 12.0 kg box of sand lies on the floor of cab A. The tension in the cable connecting the cabs is 1.86 x 10^4 N. What is the magnitude of the normal force on the box from the floor?

    I don't even know where to start, please help?
     

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  3. Sep 26, 2004 #2
    Assuming the sand box isn't somehow connected to the bottom cable I think the question has a bunch of extraneous information. Consider what the conditions are to keep the box motionless. What forces are acting directly on the box?
     
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