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Homework Help: Centripetal acceleration calculation

  1. Jun 26, 2004 #1
    For this one question, I calculated the centripetal acceleration which is 3450m/s^2. This is correct, but the second question asks how many times larger is this centripetal acceleration compared to the acceleration due to gravity (9.8m/s^2)? They want the value in grams. How do I do this? I tried changing the value into Newtons then grams, but I didn't get the correct answer.
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  3. Jun 26, 2004 #2
    They want the value in grams!? That makes no sense whatsoever. I mean, are you going to say that the centripetal acceleration is X grams larger than gravity. There is definitly some misunderstanding here.
  4. Jun 26, 2004 #3


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    I think they're looking for the acceleration in g's rather than grams; that is, how many times larger this acceleration is than the acceleration due to gravity (I realize I'm just repeating part of the question there). For example, if the answer was 19.6 m/s/s, that would be equivalent to ~2g
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