# Homework Help: Power and WORk need help on a question

1. Feb 18, 2009

### gansta344u

A 2.8e3 kg elevator carries a maximum load of 768.1 kg . A constant frictional force of 2.1e3 N retards the elevators motion upward. The acceleration of gravity is 9.81m/s^2. what is the minimum power must the motor deliver to lift the fully loaded elevator at a constant speed of 3.85m/s. answer in units of kW. please i need help on the question. if possible i need both the answer and a clear method on what was done to solve the problem

if u can i need help on a another problem.

a 35.0kg child is in a swing that is attached to ropes 2.20m long. The acceleration of gravity is 9.81m/s^2. Find the gravitational potential energy associated with the child relative to the lowest position when the ropes make a 31.0 degree angle with the vertical. awsner in units of J. please both method and answer would be appreciated

2. Feb 18, 2009

### Ofey

Well in the first sitaution you can use a pretty handy formula which says that

P=Fv

Here P is the "power" and F is the sum force acting on the body (in the direction of the movment). v stands for the velocity.

The tricky bit is to get F right. Forces opposing the movment is the totalt gravitational force and frictional force.

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3. Feb 18, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

You need to show us the relevant equations and your attempt at the solutions before we can offer any tutorial help. Please be sure to read the Homework Help rules at the "Rules" link at the top of the page.

4. Feb 18, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

Welcome to the PF. This thread was originally misplaced in the general technical PF forums. It is clearly homework/coursework, though, so the Homework Help rules still apply, even before it is moved here to the HH forums. Please only offer tutorial help (not working out the problem for the OP), and only after the OP has shown some effort at working out the problem themselves. Thanks.

5. Feb 18, 2009

### gansta344u

i have been trying it
what am i supposed to post the wrong answer too huh
am asking for help if u can then please otherwise i am not asking for the answer just the way and the formula if not please explain to me how am i supposed to show effort. i dont get that part

6. Feb 18, 2009

### Tom Mattson

Staff Emeritus
Don't get snippy. You need our help, not the other way around. When you registered you were presented with the rules of Physics Forums, and you clicked "I Agree".

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7. Feb 19, 2009

### gansta344u

ok im just saying , i dont know your protocol so its OK if you do not wanna help

8. Feb 20, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

Doing your homework for you is not going to be helping you to learn. Show us your attempt at solving the problems, and we can provide tutorial assistance. You will do the bulk of the work, as you should on your homework and coursework.

9. Feb 20, 2009

### gansta344u

OK your probably right but for this problem i didnt know where to start. If i just knew what formula to use i could probably do the rest. I didnt really understand how to go about this problem so i just needed help in the basic concepts not the really the calculations.

10. Feb 20, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

Power is force divided by time. P = F / t

The total force in the first question is the force to lift the elevator and to oppose the friction. Use the basic equation

F = ma

and figure out what all of the forces are on the elevator. Then you can use the time specified and the first equation to get much farther along toward the answer.

11. Feb 20, 2009

### gansta344u

thanks for the help but it a little to late i already solved the problem but thanks anyways. sorry if i seemed in a bad mood just a little stressed and sorry im new to the forum so i didnt know your protocol

12. Feb 20, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

No worries. Glad you solved the problems. Get some sleep!