# What is the force on a 1000 kg elevator that is falling freely at 9.8 m/sec2? And How do I draw a Free Body Diagram of this?

Jan 29, 2018

The only force on it is its weight, $w = 9800 N$.

#### Explanation:

Since it is falling freely, the only force on it is its weight, w.

$w = m \cdot g = 1000 k g \cdot 9.8 \frac{m}{s} ^ 2 = 9800 N$

To draw a Free Body Diagram, draw an elevator cage (I am sure you would get lots of points for drawing it with intricate detail) with a downward force of 9800 N.

I hope this helps,
Steve