A physics student . stands on a bathroom scale, calibrated in newtons, while riding in an elevator. How will the reading on the bathroom scale compare to the normal reading for the following sequence of the elevator's motion? elevator starts to descend; elevator descends at constant velocity; elevator stops descending
I think this has something to do with Fn (normal force) and velocity.
The Attempt at a Solution
My guess is lighter, normal, heavier as the elevator changes motion because of the velocity/acceleration, for heavier my guess is because the scale or Fn? has to push upward against the person while descending which means more contact against the scale. My guess for lighter is because as the elevator descends the scale drops a little bit.[/B]