Find the magnitude of the acceleration of the elevator.?

A physics student weighing 510N stands on a bathroom scale in an elevator. As the elevator starts moving, the scale reads 400 N.What is the magnitude of the acceleration if the scale reads 700N ? Take the free fall acceleration to be = 9.80 . You can write that net force provides acceleration: Fn2 - mg = ma So a = Fn2/m - g. Where at rest Fn1 = mg, so m = Fn1/g. Substitute and get a = g(Fn2/Fn1 - 1) Fn2 = 400 (or 700) and Fn1 = 510 a is negative when directed downward

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