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Centripetal Acceleration lab graph

  1. Dec 4, 2003 #1
    I have a lab that needs a graph, and my calculations seem logical, but I need some affirmation. In this lab we spun a string with a stopper attached at one end and some weights at the other end. We had to keep a part of the string at the same point while spinning and therefore it moved at a constant angular velocity, right? ( http://www.richardson.k12.tx.us/sch...ay/Web/lindsay/Pre-AP/MomRot/Lab Circ Mot.htm ) is the lab, if you need more explanation of the lab. In our calculations we have to graph Centripetal Acceleration vs. omega, the angular velocity. Using the equation F = ma... the force is weight (pulling on the stopper spinning), which is mg. Then mg = ma, then g = a.

    In other words, if something is going at a constant velocity around your head in a circle and not falling, centripetal acceleration equals acceleration due to gravity?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Dec 4, 2003 #2
    If centripetal acceleration equals acceleration due to gravity, then it would stay where it was, in a circle (because its centripetal acceleration)?
     
  4. Dec 5, 2003 #3

    ShawnD

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    a = v^2/r

    centripital acceleration has absolutely nothing to do with gravitational force.
     
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