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Tension problem

  1. Jan 15, 2009 #1
    a 71 kg man is standing in an elevator on a scale. the elevator is traveling up with an acceleration of 3 m/s^2. what does the scale read the weight of the man as?

    thanks guys!!
     
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  3. Jan 15, 2009 #2
    would you use F=ma and then find the diffrence and get a "new" acceleration for gravity which would be greater?
     
  4. Jan 15, 2009 #3

    LowlyPion

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    Basically yes.

    F = m*a = m*(g + a)
     
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