Apparent weight in an accelerated reference frame. The scale reads higher as the lift accelerates upward and then returns to normal as the lift rises at constant velocity. Similarly, the scale reads lower as the scale accelerates downward, and then returns to normal as the scale falls at constant velocity.
NCEA & Science Curriculum
SCI 1.1, PHYS 2.4
A student stands on the scale in a lift. As the lift accelerates upward the reading increases. As the lift accelerates downward the reading decreases. As the lift moves at constant velocity — up, down, or not at all — the scale reads as it does outside the lift.
This demo is not portable unless you have access to a lift.
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