Posted by Lindsay on .
A man stands on a scale in an elevator that is accelerating upward. The scale reads 731.6 N. When he picks up a 35.0 kg box, the scale reads 1108.2 N. The man weighs 68 kg. What is the acceleration of the elevator?
What do I need to do in order to solve this?

Physics 
bobpursley,
scalereading= mg + ma where m is the mass involved.

Physics 
Lindsay,
m is 68 kg?

Physics 
bobpursley,
m is 68 when scale reading is 731.6
731.6=68(9.8+a)
1108.2=103(9.8+a)
solve for a. You could have done it with either equation, whomever wrote the problem should not have given the mans mass, that way, you would have had two equations with two unknowns. 
Physics 
Lindsay,
I come up with 0.96 m/s^2. Is this correct?

Physics 
Lindsay,
N/m I finally got it. Thanks for all your help. :)