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Homework Help: Banking Curves

  1. Feb 11, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A car rounds a slippery curve. The radius of curvature of the road is R, the banking angle is theta and coefficient of friction is mu. What should be the cars speed in order that there is no frictional force between the car and the road?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    In general, I have no idea how the components or forces work for banking curves, so an explanation and help would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. Feb 11, 2009 #2
    im not sure about what to do with the bank, but since the force of friction (along with the banking) is providing the centripetal force, set mu*m*g= mv^2/r I'm sorry I cant quite remember what to do with the bank angle.
  4. Feb 11, 2009 #3


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    Centripetal acceleration is a horizontal force. Resolve it into the components on the incline.

    Gravity is vertical. Resolve its force components.

    If you are gong to ignore friction then the component of gravity down the incline must be balanced by centripetal force up the incline.
  5. Feb 11, 2009 #4
    is centripetal acceleration always a horizontal force?
  6. Feb 11, 2009 #5
    looking back from what I recall you should use:

    tan(theta)= v^2/rg

    I can't really explain it, I am going to review the concept now
  7. Feb 11, 2009 #6


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    Yes, for this type problem you should take it as horizontal.

    On a roller coaster though it will be radial but in the vertical plane.
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