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  1. May 5, 2004 #1

    JasonRox

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    The book is asking me to find...

    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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  3. May 6, 2004 #2
    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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  4. May 6, 2004 #3

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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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