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Newton Laws of Motion - Scale in an Elevator

A student stands on a scale in an elevator that is accelerating at -0.9 m/s2. If the student has a mass of 68 kg, to the nearest newton what is the scale reading?

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There are two forces acting on you:
1. Mg: The gravitational force (pointing downwards: g=-9.8 m/s^2)
2. T: The force the scale applies on you pointing upwards ...

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This solution is about the Newtonian laws and the relation the the classic problem of a scale in an elevator.

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