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Finding the Velocity and Acceleration of a Car in Circular Motion

  1. Sep 13, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A car enters the circular road with radius r = 200m at a
    speed of v = 80km/h. A radar gun at O needs to rotate with constant angular
    acceleration d^2θ/dt^2 = 0.025 rad/s2 to follow the motion of the car along the circular road.
    a) Determine the acceleration of the car at the instant right after it enters the circular
    road;
    b) Determine the velocity and acceleration of the car at the instant when the radar
    gun has rotated


    2. Relevant equations

    v_r = dr/dt
    v_θ = r(dθ/dt)
    a_r = dr/dt - r(dθ/dt)^2
    a_θ = r(d^2θ/dt^2) + 2(dr/dt)θ

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I think I got a right.

    I took derivatives of the radius which is zero, and integrated the angular acceleration. I then just plugged the numbers into the acceleration formulas and got a_r=0 (assuming t=0) and a_θ = 5 = a.

    I am a bit unsure about the 2nd one because i am having trouble getting the equation of velocity and acceleration in terms of theta. I always end up with either the angular velocity, or time variable in there. Help appreciated.
     
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  3. Sep 13, 2013 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    I am not sure what the question is in part b). Is it the speed of the car when it has rotated 2π radians?

    r is constant, since it is a circle. So you don't need to worry about dr/dt

    You first have to find how long it takes the car to make the full circle: Δt. Then find the Δv in that time.

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