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Weight of a falling objeect

  1. Oct 15, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Does a falling object posses weight???


    2. Relevant equations
    F=mg


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I thought yes because it still has a mass and is accelerating due to gravity. However, the answer is No. If anyone could shed some light on this I would greatly appreciate it.
     
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  3. Oct 15, 2010 #2
    firstly, define weight
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2010
  4. Oct 15, 2010 #3
    the force on an object due to a gravitational field...

    Weight = mass of the object x acceleration due to gravity...

    But I still don't know why the answer is no...
    Obviously the object still has mass so therefore the acceleration due to gravity must be zero...but I don't understand why it is zero. ;D
     
  5. Oct 15, 2010 #4
    Not exactly ....
    http://videolectures.net/mit801f99_lewin_lec07/
    Now, do you get it?
     
  6. Oct 15, 2010 #5
    yer. thanks :D
     
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