# Do you weigh less in an elevator going down?

**weight**. So,

**you**actually feel a little heavier than usual when the

**elevator**accelerates upward, and lighter than usual when the acceleration is

**down**. In more extreme situations this is much more obvious.

Also, why does weight decrease in elevator?

In a moving lift, the **weight** of an object changes because the value of g changes to, say, g'' because of the acceleration of the **elevator**. Here the aceleration of the **elevator** becomes equal to the object placed in it.

Similarly, what will the scale read when the elevator is accelerating downward? The inertia of the person **would** prefer to keep moving **downward** at the constant speed, so the **elevator** floor and **scale** must push up on the person to accelerate him upward, slowing him down. Therefore the Normal Force is larger, so the **reading** on the **scale** is a number that is GREATER than the true weight.

Consequently, does your weight change in a lift?

The simplest answer to the question of whether **your weight changes** when you ride in a **lift** is 'no'. **Your weight**, being the force with which the Earth pulls down upon you due to gravity, **does** not vary with speed or acceleration. It **does**, however, feel like **your weight changes** when you ride in a **lift**.

What is your weight in free fall?

A freely **falling** object has **weight** W=mg, where W-**weight**, m-**mass of the** object and g-acceleration produced due to **the** earth's gravity. This happens because **the** normal reaction force exerted on **the** object in **the** lift is equal to zero, and normal force equals to mg, which in turn equals **the weight of the** object.