# Airplane Flying

## Homework Statement

An airplane is flying in a horizontal circle at a speed of 480 km/h (Fig. 6-42). If its wings are tilted at angle θ = 40° to the horizontal, what is the radius of the circle in which the plane is flying? Assume that the required force is provided entirely by an “aerodynamic lift” that is perpendicular to the wing surface.

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Fnet = ma

a = v^2 / R

## The Attempt at a Solution

Converted g[9.8 m/s^2] to km/h^2 to get 35.28 km/h^2

I designed two free-body diagrams: one for the plane's angle [40 degrees] and for the perpendicular "aerodynamic lift" [50 degrees] on a normal cartesian x,y coordinate.

For the free body diagram for the plane [40 degrees] I got: [x is noted as theta]

x: -FnCosx = ma
y: FnSinx - Fg = 0

Solved for Fn in the y and got Fn = Fg/Sinx and substituted Fn in x to get:

(mg/sinx)cosx = m(v^2/R)

Through algebra I got R = [(V^2)(Tan(40))] /g.

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Delphi51
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Interesting; I didn't think there was enough information but it did work out.
I think you have mixed up the angle. In the y direction, Fn*cos(theta) - mg = 0.
I converted to meters and seconds - much easier! Got a little over 2 km for the radius.

So
x: -FnSin(theta) = m(-a)
y: FnCos(theta) - mg = 0 ?

This is how my free body diagram looks like:

Where theta is the angle of the plane [40 degrees] Delphi51
Homework Helper Yes, agree with
x: -FnSin(theta) = m(-a)
y: FnCos(theta) - mg = 0 ?
where theta is 40 degrees.

thanks a bunch!

* I just messed up on the conversion of my g from m/s^2 to km/h^2 silly me