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Tension Problem

  1. Nov 4, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    An elevator with a small initial upward velocity being raised by a cable. The tension in the cable is constant. Find the magnitude of the tension in the cable. Be certain that the method you are using will be accurate to two significant figures.

    Acceleration=10 m/s^2
    Mass=60kg
    Change in height = 4m

    2. Relevant equations

    PE=Mass*Acceleration*height

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Isn't Tension equal to MA? I try that but thats 600 N and thats not the correct answers.

    Sorry i dont know the answer i just know that thats not right.
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2009
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 4, 2009 #2
    what is the answer? is it on the book? I calculated it by saying T-W = 60(10).. seems okay to me, not sure though

    I don't know what to do with the change in height :S
     
  4. Nov 4, 2009 #3
    Yea me too, i dont know why the question provided the "h" value, and there is a value for acceleration also,,

    Feels like the question is not complete,
     
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