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A 75.0 kg person stands on a scale in an elevator. What is the apparent weight in each of the following situations?
(a) when the elevator is accelerating upward with an acceleration of 1.80 m/s2

(b) when the elevator is moving upward at a constant speed

(c) when the elevator is accelerating downward with an acceleration of 1.70 m/s2

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A 75.0 kg person stands on a scale in an elevator. What is the apparent weight in each of the following situations?
First draw the free body diagram of the forces

The normal force is the reading of the scale.
Always ...

Solution Summary

It shows how to find the apparent weight of the person standing on a scale in an elevator, which accelerates upward or downward.

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