# Easy elevator problem

1. Jul 20, 2013

### oneplusone

hello,

if i am traveling upward in an elevator with acceleration $a$, would the net acceleration be
$a-g$?

thanks.

2. Jul 20, 2013

### tiny-tim

hi oneplusone!

there's no such thing as net acceleration

(you can add, or subtract, relative accelerations, but that's not relevant here)

3. Jul 20, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

Your acceleration relative to the surface of the earth would be $a$.

If you were standing on a scale, it would register your weight as $m(a+g)$ where $m$ is your mass.