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Homework Help: Disk spinning with object on top, find net acceleration of object

  1. Jul 20, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A disk begins spinning from rest with angular acceleration @ = 12 rad/s^2. A small object is on the disk a distance r = 2.0 cm from the center. What is the magnitude of the net acceleration of the object after a time t = 0.25s?

    (alpha) @ = 12 rad/s^2
    r = 2 cm
    t = 0.25 s

    2. Relevant equations
    Angular motion equations..?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I'm not sure where to start off with this. I actually wasn't taught this with an object placed over a spinning disk. Tangential acceleration is radius times alpha which I can use the Atang formula to get 24. From there on I'm not sure how to apply this with the time it takes to find the net acceleration of the of object.
  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 20, 2012 #2
    Hint: If you assume the object is stationary with respect to the disk, it has two components of acceleration. Determine them and add them as you would add any other vectors.
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