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Homework Help: Average Angular Speed of Tower

  1. Aug 17, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The top of a tower much like the leaning bell tower at Pisa, Italy, moves toward the south at an average rate of 1.4 mm/y. The tower is 59 m tall. In radians per second, what is the average angular speed of the tower's top about its base?

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I first converted 1.4 mm/y :
    1.4mm/y = (1m/1000mm) × (1y/365days) × (1day/24hr) × (1hr/60min) × (1min/60sec) = 4.4394E-11
    Then, I divided the above answer by 59 m : (4.4394E-11)/59m = 7.5244E-13 rad/s but this wasn't correct. Where am I making my mistake? Thank you.
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  3. Aug 17, 2010 #2


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    Looks OK to me. I assume this is a computer-graded question. I see three possibilities (a) the formula that allows the machine to calculate the correct answer is incorrect, (b) you incorrectly entered the powers of 10 or (c) there is a problem with sig figs.
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