# physics

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When will your apparent weight be greatest, as measured by a a scale in a moving elevator; when the elevators: (a) accel. downward (b) accel. upward (c) is in free fall (d) moves upward at a constant speed? In what case would you weight be the least? When would it be the same as when you are on the ground?

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weightapparent=mg+ma where a is up. What if a is down? What if a=-g?

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Apparent weight
= m(g+a)
where g=9.8 m/s²
a=acceleration, positive upwards.
(a) W=m(g-|a|)
(b) W=m(g+|a|)
(c) W=m(g-|g|) = 0
(d) W=m(g+|0|) = mg

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so the it would be the least on the way down, b/c your force, pushing on the scale is less. And it is greatest on the way up, since your force of push is stronger. And I would say in free fall it is the same as ground state?

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Rethink free-fall.

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ohh okay so the weight would be the same on the ground if its moving up at a constant speed?

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Exactly. When it moves upwards (or downwards) at a uniform velocity, the reaction on the floor is the same as the weight. You have probably experienced this when you ride on an elevator.

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sweet!! thank you =)

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You're welcome!