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How much force does an 88 kg astronaut exert on his chair while sitting at rest on the launch pad?

Answer: 860N

Now the question: How much force does the astronaut exert on his chair while accelerating straight up at 14 m/s^2?

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  1. forceup= m*a+m*g

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  2. You can use F=m(a+g). So F=88(9.8+14)-------->2094.4N

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  3. Isn't gravity supposed to be negative?
    so the equation should be
    F= m(a+(-9.8))

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  4. @Mary What you're thinking of is a=-g. That is acceleration due to gravity. In this case, however it would be just 9.8. Gravity alone is represented by g, which equals to 9.8.

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