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Several people are riding in a hot-air balloon. The combined mass of the people and balloon is 308 kg. The balloon is motionless in the air, because the downward-acting weight of the people and balloon is balanced by an upward-acting 'buoyant' force. If the buoyant force remains constant, how much mass should be dropped overboard so the balloon acquires an upward acceleration of 0.11 m/s2?


    WEll, the net force upward will be the weight of the mass dropped.

    solve for mass dropped

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