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I don't understand how the forces work in this problem. Gravity points down and I make it be negative direction. Then an equal but opposite force points up. Then there is another acceleration going down since the elevator is slowing down. This make the total acceleration downwards even larger. So wouldn't the person weigh more, not less?A person who normally weighs 700 N is riding in an elevator that is moving upward but

slowing down at a steady rate. If this person is standing on a bathroom scale inside the elevator,

what would the scale read?

A) 700 N

B) less than 700 N

C) more than 700 N

D) It could be more or less than 700 N, depending on whether the magnitude of the

acceleration is greater than or less than 9.8 m/s^{2}.