did i do it wrong again with the series of divisions as u said it was cause the answer does not come out as 9.8! i have only just seen this equation but it doesnt work for the gravitational accelration u are suggesting maybe u need to learn relativity

There is no way you are in college. If you are, you must be no further than basic algebra.

Look:

w = (u + v) / (1 + u*v/ c^2)

Let's take this slowly.

u = 0. This is our current velocity, and we are starting at rest.

v = 9.8m/s. This is our additional velocity, due to accelerating at 9.8 m/s^2 for 1 second.

Now, (u + v) = (0 + 9.8 ) = 9.8.

(1 + u*v/c^2) = (1 + 0*9.8/c^2) = (1 + 0) = 1.

Therefore, w = 9.8/1 = 9.8.