Posted by janie on .
Suppose a rocket launches with an acceleration of 33 m/s2. What is the apparent weight of an 65 kg astronaut aboard this rocket?
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
Fscale - m g = m a
Fscale = mg + ma
Fscale = 65 (9.8+33)