# Calculate the centripetal acceleration of the car

• Wolves
In summary, centripetal acceleration is the acceleration towards the center of a circular path that causes a change in direction of an object's velocity. It can be calculated using the formula a = v^2/r and is important in understanding a car's stability and designing safe roads. The factors that affect centripetal acceleration are the car's speed and the radius of the curve it is traveling on. It can be increased by increasing speed or decreasing the radius, and decreased by decreasing speed or increasing the radius.
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Homework Statement
Cloverleaf exits are approximately circular. A 1220 kg automobile is traveling 56 mph while taking a cloverleaf exit that has a radius of 35.9 m. Calculate the centripetal acceleration of the car and the centripetal force on the car. Remember that 1 mph = 0.447 m/s.
Relevant Equations
Centripetal acceleration = ________m/s2
Centripetal force = _______ Newtons
I tried this problem 3 times. I only have two attempts left.

First time: Centripetal acceleration: 7560 m/s^2
Centripetal Force: 4.7 Newtons
Second time: Centripetal acceleration: 25.032
Centripetal Force: 4.7
Third Time:
Centripetal acceleration:2340 m/s^2
Centripetal force: 4.7 Newtons

Not to be unkind, but are you using a random number generator? Please show more than that. Happy to help, but you have to help us.

What do you mean?

No I am not using a random number generator.

I figured this one out using a different forum. :)

## 1. What is centripetal acceleration?

Centripetal acceleration is the acceleration that an object experiences as it moves in a circular path. It is always directed towards the center of the circle.

## 2. How is centripetal acceleration calculated?

Centripetal acceleration can be calculated using the formula a = v²/r, where a is the centripetal acceleration, v is the velocity of the object, and r is the radius of the circular path.

## 3. What is the unit of measurement for centripetal acceleration?

The unit of measurement for centripetal acceleration is meters per second squared (m/s²).

## 4. Does the mass of the object affect its centripetal acceleration?

Yes, the mass of the object does affect its centripetal acceleration. The greater the mass of the object, the greater the force needed to keep it moving in a circular path, resulting in a greater centripetal acceleration.

## 5. How does the centripetal acceleration of a car affect its movement?

The centripetal acceleration of a car is responsible for keeping it moving in a circular path, such as around a curve or on a roundabout. The greater the centripetal acceleration, the tighter the curve the car can take without spinning out of control.

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