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Homework Help: Banking angle and curvature radius of an airplane

  1. Sep 28, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    If a plane is flying level at 950 km/h and the banking angle is not to exceed 40 degrees what is the minimum curvature radius for the turn?

    2. Relevant equations

    possibly F = ma = mv2 / r ?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    no idea where to start on this one, not sure where the angle factors into everything
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  3. Sep 29, 2010 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    Assume that the force of the air on the plane in the direction perpendicular to the wings does not change when the airplane banks.

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