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Ferris Wheel Acceleration

  1. Nov 11, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A Ferris wheel with a radius of 9.7m rotates at a constant rate, completing one revolution every 39s.
    Suppose the Ferris wheel begins to decelerate at the rate of 0.19rad/s^2 when the passenger is at the top of the wheel.

    Find the magnitude of the passenger's acceleration at that time.

    2. Relevant equations
    acp=v2/r=ω2r


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I don't understand the time they want me to use or where to start.
     
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  3. Nov 11, 2011 #2

    Doc Al

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    They want the passenger's total acceleration when he's at the top of the wheel. You'll need to find the radial and tangential components.
     
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