1G20.60 - Elevator Physics

Code Number:
1G20.60
Demo Title:
Elevator Physics
Condition:
Good
Principle:
Free Fall
Area of Study:
Mechanics
References:
  • Paul Hewitt, "Solution to October Figuring Physics", TPT, Vol. 57, #8, Nov. 2019, p. 569.
  • Jasmina Balukovic, Josip Slisko, Adrian Corona Cruz, "A Person Stands on a Balance in an Elevator: What Happens When the Elevator Starts to Fall", TPT, Vol. 56, #3, March 2018, p. 156.
  • Jason M. Kinser, "Relating Time-Dependent Acceleration and Height Using an Elevator", TPT, Vol. 53, #4, Apr. 2015, p. 220.
  • Jochen Kuhn, Patrik Vogt, and Andreas Müller, "Analyzing Elevator Oscillation with the Smartphone Acceleration Sensors", TPT, Vol. 52, #1, Jan. 2014, p. 55.
  • Paul Hewitt, "Hewitt's Response", TPT, Vol. 51, #9, Dec. 2013, p.  517.
  • Wong Chee Leong, "Is There a Best Definition of Weight", TPT, Vol. 51, #9, Dec. 2013, p.  516.
  • Paul Hewitt, "Figuring Physics: Weight", TPT, Vol. 51, #6, Sept. 2013, p. 330.
  • Hubert Biezeveld, "The Period of a Swinging Rod in an Oscillating Frame of Reference", TPT, Vol. 50, # 9, Dec. 2012, p. 550.
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  • Charles R. Rhyner, "Studying the Motion of an Elevator", TPT, Vol. 36, #2, Feb. 1998, p. 111.
  • Eugene V. Ivash, "The Falling Elevator Problem", TPT, Vol. 15, #2, Feb. 1977, p. 99.
  • Larry Jensen, "Apparent Weight Changes in an Elevator", TPT, Vol. 14, #7, Oct. 1976, p. 436, also A Potpourri of Physics Teaching Ideas - Mechanics, p. 88.
  • Haym Kruglak, "The Measurement of 'g' in an Elevator", TPT, Vol. 10, #8, Nov. 1972, p. 466.
  • W. Klein and P. Mittelstaedt, "A Simple Experimental Demonstration of the Principle of Equivalence", AJP, Vol. 65, #4, Apr. 1997, p. 316.
  • H. F. Meiners, "Accelerated Coordinate System", AJP, Vol. 33, #9, Sept. 1965, p. xi.
  • Loren Grush, "Magnetically Levitating Elevators Could Reshape Skylines", Popular Science, Vol. 287, #5, May 2015, p. 28.
  • Curt Suplee, "The Four Forces", Everyday Science Explained, National Geographic, p. 76 - 77.
  • Julius Sumner Miller, Q71 & A71, Millergrams I – Some Enchanting Questions for Enquiring Minds, p. 47 & 101.
  • Julius Sumner Miller, Q147 & A147, Millergrams II – Some More Enchanting Questions for Enquiring Minds, p. 29 & 88.

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