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Homework Help: Edit to Tangential Accelerationmissing point

  1. May 5, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    If a car drives around a race track constructed such that two arcs of radius A=80m and Radius B=40m are joined by two stretches of straight track at a constant speed of 50 m/s, what is the ratio of the tangential accelerations A to B....Meaning asking for the ratio of the Tangential Acceleration around arc of radius A (80m) to that of the Tangential Acceleration around arc of radius B (40m). Also it is multiple choice. a.)1/2...b.)1/4...c.)2...d.)4......or e.)both equal 0.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I know this is much easier than I am making it. I know that A_t=r*alpha....but I do not have alpha and I am a little confused to how to calculate it? Just a hint to get me going?
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  3. May 5, 2007 #2
    I know that if linear acceleration is the change in linear velocity, then there is no change in this instance. Therefore a=0--->alpha 0...is this correct? Because alpha=a/r.
  4. May 5, 2007 #3


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    If you are just looking at the tangential component of the total acceleration, then I would say you are right.
  5. May 5, 2007 #4
    Yes. It is just the Tangential component. So that does look right.
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