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Homework Help: 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
    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



    3. The attempt at a solution

    a) r' = v,
    = w, and r'' =
    = 0, so

    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
    . This happens when:


    However, for part C, I'm not sure what relationship I'm supposed to be looking for between r and the frictional Force. Thanks.
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