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Circular motion of a car and tires

  1. Feb 21, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A car is safely negotiating an unbanked circular turn at a speed of 21 m/s. The maximum static frictional force acts on the tires. Suddenly a wet patch in the road reduces the maximum static frictional force by a factor of three. If the car is to continue safely around the curve, to what speed must the driver slow the car?


    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
    Do I convert V to angular velocity and figure out the radius? Then ?_?
    Do not know how to start, can someone help. Thanks
     
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  3. Feb 21, 2007 #2

    Doc Al

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    Hint: How does the required centripetal force relate to the car's speed?
     
  4. Feb 21, 2007 #3
    Centripetal force = mv^2 / r ?
    But I don't have an r or m. and what do I do without a given coefficient of friction?

    (Sorry i just came back to class after a sick break)

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    Am i starting it right?
    Fc = friction = mv^2/r

    u(mg) = mv^2/r?
     
  5. Feb 21, 2007 #4

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    Right.
    You won't need any of those. Hint: Think ratios.
    Yes.
     
  6. Feb 21, 2007 #5
    Could you look at this:

    [u(mg)]/3 = mv^2 / r

    I divide by 3 because it was reduced by the factor of 3 ?
    I canceled out the masses and:

    3.266u = 441/r

    do I solve for the radius? Then consider a case 2 and plug it in?
     
  7. Feb 22, 2007 #6

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    As I said earlier, you don't need to know (or try to solve for) m, r, or mu, since they don't change. The only things that change are the force and the speed. Think ratios.

    Try this:
    [tex]F_1 = m v_1^2/r[/tex]

    [tex]F_2 = m v_2^2/r[/tex]

    You are given [tex]F_1/F_2 = 3[/tex]; your job is to figure out [tex]v_1/v_2[/tex].
     
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