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There is a man sitting at the lowest point of a ferris wheel that is just beginning to move it has velocity 3m/s and is accelerating at a constant rate of .5m/s^2. find the magnitude and direction of the acceleration vector.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

I know that acceleration has two components, perpendicular and tangential, one controlling direction and the other magnitude.

So if the acceleration is a constant 5m/s^2 then its components would be perpendicular .5sin(0) and parallel .5cos(0). this gives acceleration = arctan(1)= 45 degrees.

But this would mean that the vector is pointing away from the center of ferris wheel, which should not be the case if this is uniform circular motion. But its not hes his speed is increasing. But if its increasing what's preventing him from being flung off the wheel?

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

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# Homework Help: Acceleration vector

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