Posted by Bella on .
how do i solve for this..?
please write out the equation for me to understand..:)
an elevator weighing 2.00 * 10^5 N is supported by a steel cable. what is the tension in the cable when the elevator is accelerated upward at a rate of 3.00 m/s^2? (g=9.81 m/s^2)
thanks a lot!

physics 
drwls,
F = M a, where F is the net force on the elevator.
The net force is T  M g, where t is the tension in the cable pulling it up. M g is the weight.
Therefore
T  Mg = Ma
T = M(g + a)
Note that you are given the weight W = Mg and not the mass M.
In terms of the weight,
T = W (1 + a/g) 
physics 
Bella,
i'm still a little confused