I was just wondering if there is a simple formula for determining how much a horizontal light beam deflects in an accelerating elevator. The horizontal light beam would start at one side of the elevator and hit the other side of the elevator. In a non-accelerating elevator, the light beam would hit the opposite side at height H which would be equal to the starting height of the light beam. In an accelerating elevator, the light beam would hit the opposite side at height H minus some distance D.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I guess it would only depend on the following factors:

1. width of the elevator

2. rate of acceleration

However, I have not been able to find such a formula on-line.

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# Formula for light deflection in elevator

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