Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 9 - Think and Explain: 61

Answer

Your weight would decrease. Your weight would increase.

Work Step by Step

In the first case, the masses are the same but you'd be farther from the Earth’s center, so your weight would go down. Force is proportional to the inverse square of this distance. Larger distance, smaller force. In the second case, the masses are the same but you'd be closer to the Earth’s center, so your weight would go up. Force is proportional to the inverse square of this distance. Smaller distance, larger force.
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