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Homework Help: Centripetal force

  1. Mar 14, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find the centripetal force required to rotate 6 kg object in a circle at a radius of 6m at one revolution per second.

    2. Relevant equations

    C.F. = mv2/r

    3. The attempt at a solution[/b

    Circumference=2 pi r=2*3.14*6=37.68

    C.F. = 6*(37.68)2/6=1419.78

    I just want to check whether my working is correct or not.
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  3. Mar 14, 2012 #2
    that's about what I got too ^^
  4. Mar 14, 2012 #3


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    Looks like you wrote down
    CF = m v2/r

    but then you calculated the circumference, C = 2 π r

    and then you said,

    CF = r C2/6 = C2

    Why would you expect the centripetal force to be equal to the square of the circumference?

    It really is not.

    Try it again, starting with CF = m r ω2 and see how that turns out for you. You failed to get the time information into the problem.
  5. Mar 15, 2012 #4

    CF = m r ω2

    CF = 6*6*(37.68)2=51112???
  6. Mar 15, 2012 #5
    That's not really what he is doing, I think... He is doing CF = m v^2 / r, it just so happens that v is one circumference per second and that m and r have the same numerical value...
  7. Mar 15, 2012 #6
    now i am confused :C
  8. Mar 15, 2012 #7
    You shouldn't be, you got it right the first time around.
    However, to get it right with the second formula, you have to use the proper value for ω, which in this case is 2π/s.

    It would probably clear things up, if you would carry the units throughout your calculation and not just the numbers, that way you can always check if your result makes sense.
  9. Mar 15, 2012 #8
    I think your working is correct
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