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Apparent weight/elevator problem

  1. Sep 24, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    As part of a physics experiment, you stand on a bathroom scale in an elevator. Though your normal weight is 610 N, the scale at the moment reads 760 N. Calculate the magnitude of the elevator's acceleration. What, if anything, can you say about the velocity of the elevator? Explain.

    2. Relevant equations
    Wa=m(g+a) maybe?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    i know its not right and its driving me nuts -_- please help =(
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  3. Sep 24, 2009 #2

    Doc Al

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    Do it step by step:
    What forces act on you? What's the net force? What's your mass?
    Apply Newton's 2nd law.
  4. Sep 24, 2009 #3
    jeez -_- that was so easy LOL thank you so much for pointing me in the right direction...i have laryngitis so my mind isn't exactly functioning correctly =)
  5. Sep 24, 2009 #4
    i figured out the acceleration...2.4 m/s^2 but i don't know how to answer this part...What, if anything, can you say about the velocity of the elevator? Explain.
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