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Homework Help: Angular Velocity problem

  1. May 27, 2009 #1
    A bicycle travels at 18 km/h. The tires on the bicycle are 70 cm in diameter. Determine the angular velocity in rad/s.

    My work:

    18 km/h = 1800000 cm / 60^2 s = 500 cm / s
    C = 2Pi(35 cm) = 70Pi cm
    500 cm / 70Pi cm = 2.3 rotations / s
    2.3 x 2Pi = 4.6Pi rad/sec

    First I determine the speed in cm / s, then the circumference of the tire, divide the speed by circumference to get number of rotations per second, then multiply the number of rotations by 2PI which then gives me 4.6PI rad/sec

    Am I correct? Or have I done something wrong?
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  3. May 28, 2009 #2


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    I didn't check your arithmetic but your reasoning is correct.
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