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Homework Help: AP Physics problem help - centripetal motion

  1. Nov 10, 2005 #1
    This problem is KILLING ME!!!
    The drawing shows a baggage carousel at an airport. Your suitcase has not slid all the way down the slope and is going around at a constant speed on a circle (r = 10.8 m) as the carousel turns. The coefficient of static friction between the suitcase and the carousel is 0.760, and the angle in the drawing is 35.6°. How much time is required for your suitcase to go around once?
    Please help!!!
    It involves centripetal motion

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  3. Nov 10, 2005 #2
    So far here is what I got:

    Fc = m*g*tan(theta)
    Fn = m*g*cos(theta)
    Ffrx (this is x-component of friction) = m*g*cos(theta)*cos(theta)

    Ffrx + Fc = (m*w^2) / r

    But the answer I get is wrong!
  4. Nov 10, 2005 #3
    What is the net force acting on the bag? Redo your force diagram.
  5. Nov 10, 2005 #4
    Net force is opposite of the perpendicular component of gravity which will be mass times g times cos(theta)
    So... Fn = m times 7.968
    And Friction will be u times Fn...
    Ffr = m times 6.056
    And Fc is m times .7159
    The x component of Friction will be cos(theta) times Ffr
    Ffrx = m times 4.924
    And using Ffrx + Fc = (m*w^2) / r
    m*4.924+m*.7159 = m*w^2) / r
    the mass cancels out and i get
    5.64 = w^2 / 10.8
    w = .725
    Now w = C/T and C= 2*pi*r
    .725 / T = 2*pi*10.8
    T = .0107
  6. Nov 10, 2005 #5
    This is still wrong :cry:
  7. Nov 10, 2005 #6
    Haha we have that exact same drawing/diagram in our book...you got the book with the skier on it?
  8. Nov 10, 2005 #7
    I know T must be atleast twenty, but I just cannot get it, please give me a hint!
  9. Nov 10, 2005 #8
    Ya, Cutnell 5th edition
  10. Nov 10, 2005 #9
    Let me try this:
    w = .725 & C = 21.6*pi
    21.6*pi = .725*t
    And I get 93.598 for t... somehow that sounds high, but I like someone 2 double check me please
  11. Nov 10, 2005 #10
    It's wrong AGAIN :cry:
  12. Nov 10, 2005 #11

    Doc Al

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    Answer this question: What forces act on the suitcase? (I see three forces.)

    Then answer this: What is the net centripetal force?

    Answer these questions with symbols, not numbers.
  13. Feb 5, 2012 #12
    i'm struggling with this same problem except my numbers are a little different my r=11.4, friction is .76 and theta as 36.8.
    To be completely honest im in Physics 1 and have no idea how to do physics at all. I understand the concepts, but have a really hard time finding the right equations and right times to use those equations.
    I know there are three forces that are acting on it you got the force from the friction pointing up, you have mg acting on the suitcase downwards and you have the N force pulling from the center towards the suitcase.
  14. Feb 5, 2012 #13
    My teacher in class gave us this equation to solve for the problem:
    T= 2 pi sqrt. (R/g)(usin theta +cos theta / ucos theta - sin theta)

    I'm not really sure what u= if i knew i think i could solve the problem.
    Just to confirm
    g=9.8 m/s^2

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