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Centripetal acceleration and ferris wheel

  1. Mar 21, 2005 #1
    A Ferris wheel consits of a giant wheel that rotates slowly in a vertical plane. people sit upright in chairs ont he ferris wheel. The type of force that provies the centripetal acceleration for the people at the top of the wheel as it rotates is called:

    A.) gravity or B.) normal

    i'm thinking it would be the normal force, am i correct?
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  3. Mar 21, 2005 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    What is the direction of the centripetal force? What is the direction of gravity? What is the direction of the normal force (ie. the force that keeps the chair from falling)? Can the normal force supply the centripetal force?

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