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Would you weigh less in an elevator? - Carol Hedden


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What happens when you jump in a moving elevator? Do you weigh more when you're going up and less when you're going down? Carol Hedden explores the relationship between gravity, weight, and relative motion, using a moving elevator to explain the fascinating physics.

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  • Animator Andy London
  • Educator Carol Hedden
  • Narrator Carol Hedden

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