I had this question, I don't seem to get what I am doing wrong so here it goes:An elevator car whose floor to ceiling distance is equal to $2.7 m $ starts ascending with a constant acceleration of $1.2~m/s^2$. Two seconds after it starts, a bolt begins to fall from the ceiling of the elevator. Find the bolt's free fall time. What I did was let $s$ distance traveled by the bolt in time $t$ be $x$ and the distance traveled by the elevator in the direction of bolt be $y$ Then:$x=-(0.5)9.8t^2$ and $y=2.4t+0.5*1.2*t^2$ and $y-x=2.7$ Solving these we get $t=0.515sec$ however the answer is 0.7 sec
Think about this from the perspective of a person in the elevator. No windows, they can't look outside. As far as they are concerned, they live on a small box-like planet where the acceleration due to gravity is 9.8 + 1.2 = 11 m/s$^2$.
In a system where the acceleration due to gravity appears to be 11 m/s$^2$, a bolt drops 2.7 m. How long does it take to drop?