1. Not finding help here? Sign up for a free 30min tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Car on rotating Platform

  1. Sep 23, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I'm not given any signs of a correct answer in the book, so could I get a check here?

    A car is driven on a large revolving platform which rotates with constant angular speed w. At t = 0 a driver leaves the origin and follows a line painted radially outward on the platform with constant speed v. The total weight of the car is W, and the coefficient of friction is
    μ
    between the car and platform.

    a) Find the acceleration of the car as a function of time using polar coordinates.

    b) Find the time at which the car starts to slide.

    c) Find the direction of the friction force with respect to the instantaneous position vector r just before the car starts to slide.

    2. Relevant equations

    Ffriction<=μW

    a=(r′′−rθ′2)rˆ+(rθ′′+2r′θ′)θˆ


    3. The attempt at a solution

    a) r' = v,
    θ′
    = w, and r'' =
    θ′′
    = 0, so
    a=(−vw2)trˆ+2vwθˆ
    .

    b) In order for the car to follow the correct path (constant velocities in the radial and normal directions), the radial and normal accelerations must be zero. This is due to the frictional force counteracting these accelerations, and when the car starts to slide is the point at which
    m∗|anet|=fmax
    . This happens when:

    m|a|=mv2w4t2+4v2w2−−−−−−−−−−−−√=μW=μmg⟹t=u2g2−4v2w2v2w4−−−−−−−−−−−√

    However, for part C, I'm not sure what relationship I'm supposed to be looking for between r and the frictional Force. Thanks.
     
  2. jcsd
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Can you offer guidance or do you also need help?
Draft saved Draft deleted



Similar Discussions: Car on rotating Platform
  1. Rotating Car Platform (Replies: 0)

  2. Car crash (Replies: 0)

  3. Car Wheelie (Replies: 0)

Loading...