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Centripital Motion question

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How many revolutions per minute would a 15m diameter Ferris wheel need to make for the passengers to feel "weightless" at the topmost point of the trip?

Please help me with that question, as I dont even know where to start.
 

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James R
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Consider the forces on a person at the top of the wheel.
 
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Can someone please give me a bit more information because I;m confused at what to do when I'm only given the radius.
 
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Actually after doing a few more problems like this, I think I've gotten the hang of it. For this question I got an answer of 11 revolutions per minute. Is this correct?
 

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