Sorry if my attempt is real pathetic, I'm not that great at physics... 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A girl sits in a basket supported by a string passing over a pulley. The girl pulls on the free end of the rope to lift herself. (a) If the mass of the girl and the basket together is 95 kg, with that force must she pull to raise herself at a constant speed? (b) With what force must she pull to achieve an upward acceleration of 1.3 m/s2? 2. Relevant equations (a) F = ma = mg (b) F = ma 3. The attempt at a solution (a) Fweight = mg = (95 kg)(9.8 m/s2) = 931 N Fapplied > Fweight (She must pull with a greater force than the 931 N) T = Fapplied - Fweight I just don't know where to go from here... (b) F = ma a = F/m 1.3 m/s2 = F / 95 kg F = 123.5 N; but this seems too easy to be right...too good to be true for physics since its usually so much harder for me?