# If a 1lb magnet with a 100lb load was levitating; would the force pressing down be less than or equal to a 101lb weight that wasn't levitating?

My guess is that it would require the same amount of force to lift the same amount of weight regardless if levitating or not. That may be a seperate question. I suppose this question could be associated with levitation by any form such as air pressure. 😶

If we imagine a free body diagram of this situation, we have gravity pointing down, with a force of $$101$$ lb, and the levitating force pointing up. The levitating force must be equal to $$101$$ lb for the net force to be zero (which is implicit in the fact that it is levitating).
After considering the free body diagram, we can see that even though the gravitational force is balanced-out, it is still very much there, pressing down on the $$101$$-lb system.