Can some help me explain what they are trying to say

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c) by what factor would the speed of the earth's rotation have to increase for a body on the equator to require a centripetal acceleration of g to keep it on the earth?
 

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Find where centripetal acceleration = g. so a=w^2 * r. where w is angular velosity and r is radius of earth. make g=w^2*r, solve for w. then see that the ratio of w is to the actual angular velosity of earth. What is actually happening at this point is the earth ( and therefore you) is spinning just fast enough to make you feel weightless. You will be orbiting the earth right on its surface, pretty cool,huh?
 
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Thanks.

That's what I thought. It is worth marks, so I had to make sure I had it.
 

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