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Find the acceleration of the elevator.

  1. Dec 8, 2003 #1
    how can i find the answer w/o knowing the mass?

    A student stands on a bathroom scale in an elevator at rest on the 64th floor of a building. The scale reads 818 N. As the elevator moves up, the scale reading increases to 950 N, then decreases back to 818 N. Find the acceleration of the elevator.
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  3. Dec 8, 2003 #2
    Actually you can solve for the mass of the person when he is at rest. At rest, acceleration is due to gravity so:


    where [tex]g=9.81\frac{m}{s^2}[/tex] and [tex]F_{1}=818N[/tex].
  4. Dec 8, 2003 #3
    after i find the mass of the person? wut do i have to do?
  5. Dec 8, 2003 #4
    950N is the normal force the person experiences.

    The person's weight must be subtracted out to get the net force which is 950N-818N=132N.

    Using Newton's 2nd Law, we can can find the acceleration.




    where F =132N and m is the mass of the person found.
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