An elevator is descending with uniform acceleration . to measure the acceleration a person in the elevator drops a coin at the moment the elevator starts .The coin is 6ft above the floor of the elevator at the time it is dropped . The person observes that the point strikes the floor in 1s. Calculate from these data the acceleration f the elevator.
Let acceleration of lift be a.
acceleration of coin with respect to the lift = acceleration of coin with respesct to ground - acceleration of the lift
Or, acoin)(lift) = g - a = 9.8 m/s^2 - a = 32 ft./s^2 - a [ 9.8m = 32 ft. ]
displacement s = 6 ft.
time taken t = 1 s.
initial velocity u = 0
s = ut + 1/2 at^2 = 0*1 + 1/2 (32-a)*1*1 = 1/2 (32-a)
Therefore, 6 = 1/2 (32-a)
Hence a = 20 ft./s^2