Work and kinetic energy

  • #1
A helicopter is used to lift a 72.7 kg astronaut 16.9 m vertically out of the ocean by means of a cable. The astronaut rises with constant upward acceleration of magnitude 7.23 m/s2 until she reaches the helicopter.

a) How much work is done by the helicopter on the astronaut?


W=1/2MV^2=FS


first try: V^2=2as W=mas=8882.9949J wrong
second try: F=mg W=mgh=12052.8603J wrong

someone help me please, thank you so much!!
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
First find the force required to lift the person. Then use work is force times displacement to find the work.
 
  • #3
is the force mg ?
 
  • #4
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Use Newton's Second Law.

F = m*a

Force of helicopter - mass of astronaut * g = mass of astro * 7.23

Therefore the Force the helicopter must exert is 7.23 m + mg

Work = Force x Distance, so its just (7.23 m + mg) (16.9) Joules. Good luck!
 
  • #5
yeah, i forgot to add the force of helicopter. thank you man!!
 

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