Physics

posted by .

You stand on a bathroom scale that rests on the floor of an elevator. Standing on the scale compresses internal springs and activates a dial that indicates your weight in newtons. When the elevator is at rest, the scale reads 600 N. Then the elevator begins to move upward with a constant acceleration of 2.00 m/s/s.

Determine your true mass.
Determine the scale reading while the elevator is accelerating.
If you read the scale without realizing that it is accelerating upward what might you think your mass is?

What would your answers be if the elevator is accelerating downward?

  • Physics -

    what do you think?

  • Physics -

    I would say the true mass is 60 kg and that's as far as i got

  • Physics -

    mg = 600 N,
    m =600/g =600/9.8 = 61.2 kg.
    W = ma+mg =61.2(2+9.8) = 722 N,
    scale will give 722/9.8 = 73.7 kg.

Respond to this Question

First Name
School Subject
Your Answer

Similar Questions

  1. Physics

    I just need help with part c. I know stopping takes longer but we have to explain why. A student stands on a bathroom scale in an elevator at rest on the 64th floor of a building. The scale reads 849 N. (a) As the elevator moves up, …
  2. physics

    A student stands on a bathroom scale in an elevator at rest on the 64th floor of a building. The scale reads 845 N. As the elevator moves up,the scale reading increases to 940N,then decreases back to 845N. The acceleration of gravity …
  3. Physics

    A 44.0 kg man stands on a bathroom scale in an elevator. Starting from rest, the elevator ascends, attaining its maximum speed of 1.90 m/s in 1.19 s. It travels with this constant speed in the upward direction for the next 7.60 s. …
  4. Physics

    A person with a mass of 110 kg is standing on a scale that reads weight in newtons inside of an elevator. If the elevator accelerates upward at 3.4 m/s2 , what does the scale read?
  5. Physics

    As part of a physics experiment, you stand on a bathroom scale in an elevator. Though your normal weight is 690 N, the scale at the moment reads 588 N. (a) Is the acceleration of the elevator upward, downward, or zero?
  6. Physics

    An elevator's cable is cut causing the elevator to slide down thhe elevator shaft on the emergency brakes and wheels. Suppose that the mass of the elevator and passengers were 1500 kg, and the frictional force (wheels on tracks)was …
  7. physics

    Mia is on a planet where g=10 m/s^2. she is standing on a bathroom scale in an elevator. the scale reads 500N. the elevator accelerates upward with an acceleration of 5.0m/s^2 what would the scale read now
  8. physics

    A student stands on a bathroom scale in an elevator at rest on the 64th floor of a building. The scale reads 840 N. As the elevator moves up, the scale reading increases to 943 N, then decreases back to 840 N. The acceleration of gravity …
  9. Physics

    I'm sorry this is kind of a long question. I've been staring at it for about an hour now and I have no clue where to even start. Thank you so much!!!! A student stands on a bathroom scale in an elevator at rest on the 64th floor of …
  10. physics

    a 75kg person is standing on a scale in an elevator, the scale gives a readout in newtons(you have to use a free body diagram)determine the reading on the scale in newtons in each of the following situations, when the elevator is not …

More Similar Questions