Circular motion

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An exhaust fan rotates at 9.0 x 10^2 revolutions per minute. Find the acceleration of a point on a blade at a distance of 25cm from the axis of rotation.

I don't know where to begin. Can someone help?
 

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dextercioby
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How about:what theory would have to use to get it solved...?Formulas and a reasoning for using them...

Open your book.

Daniel.
 
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Ok I think the ? has to do with uniform circular motion. The only equation I am given is a (sub) c = v^2 divided by r
A (sub) c = centripetal acceleration
v = velocity
r = radius
 
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[itex] a_{cp}=\omega^{2} r [/itex] is the formula that u need.

U have been give the frequency.Find the angular velocity "omega"...

Daniel.
 
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isnt that the same formula i just gave you?
 
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Not really.There's a close connection between the 2,though.So do it.

Daniel.
 
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that is the problem I don't know how
 
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[tex] a_{cp}=(2\pi\nu)^{2}r [/tex]

U know "r" and u know "nu",now find the acceleration.Convert from revs/min to Hz...

Daniel.
 
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the question has nothing to do with frequency
 
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If you don't see it,that's bad.

"rotates at 9.0 x 10^2 revolutions per minute"...what does that mean?

Daniel.
 
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the answer i am supposed to get has nothing to do with frequency. all i need to know is the acceleration. no where in our notes and in our class did we talk about frequency.
 
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Incidentally,in this problem you are given the frequency & the distance between the point & the center of the circle.

I can't do anything more.I've already told u what to do...

Daniel.
 
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Johnf2004,
In the given quetion you are given the frequency,f i.e. number of revolutions per minute. You can convert this into time period, T using:
T = 2*pi/f

Now use [tex] v = \frac{2 \pi r}{T} [/tex]
as for an object moving with constant speed on a circular path, v = s/t
Here, the distance,s is the circumference(2*pi*r) traversed in time t. But then t, the time is also equal to time taken for one complete revolution, hence equal to T.

acceleration = (v^2)/r

What dextercioby has explained is same , he started with [tex]\omega[/tex], the angular velocity
 
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