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Easy elevator problem

  1. Jul 20, 2013 #1

    if i am traveling upward in an elevator with acceleration [itex]a[/itex], would the net acceleration be

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  3. Jul 20, 2013 #2


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    hi oneplusone! :smile:

    there's no such thing as net acceleration

    if your acceleration is a, then your acceleration is a !

    (you can add, or subtract, relative accelerations, but that's not relevant here)
  4. Jul 20, 2013 #3


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    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.
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