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Homework Help: Circular motion and tension of a stone problem

  1. Nov 9, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data[/b]

    A stone mass 284g is twirled at a constant speed 12.4m/s in a vertical circle of radius 0.850m. Find the tension in the string at the top and at the bottom of the revolution. What is the maximum speed the stone can have if the string will break when the tension reaches 33.7N
    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know how to solve for tension in the bottom: ft=FC+fg

    I thought for the tension at the top: ft=fg

    However when I plugged in the info, did not get the ans: 48.6N

    Also for the maximum speed, I use the centripetal force formula- and manipulated it to get v=sqrt 33.7N*.850m/.284kg to get 10.04m/s
    However the ans is 9.62??
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  3. Nov 9, 2013 #2


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    Hi Coco12! :smile:

    (try using the X2 and X2 buttons just above the Reply box :wink:)
    Yes, but why? :wink:

    (apply the same reasoning to the top)
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