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Suppose a rocket launches with an acceleration of 33 m/s2. What is the apparent weight of an 65 kg astronaut aboard this rocket?

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    We want the force down on a scale the person is standing on which is the force up on the person's shoes exerted by the scale.

    net Force up on person = Fscale - mg
    so
    Fscale - m g = m a
    Fscale = mg + ma
    Fscale = 65 (9.8+33)

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