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A person stands on a bathroom scale in a motionless elevator. When the elevator begins to move, the scale briefly reads only 0.75 of the person's regular weight. Calculate the acceleration of the elevator, and find the direction of acceleration.

I honestly don't know how to get this problem started. I'm assuming gravity has a part to play in this, and based on the "0.75", i'm guessing the elevator is going down. Can anyone offer tips to get this problem rolling?

Thanks in advance

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# Homework Help: An Elevator Problem

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