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Homework Help: Forces- Centripetal acceleration

  1. Dec 28, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    What is the Shape of graph that represents Centripetal acceleration as a function of time?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know its a parabola, but am not sure how the curve is going to look.
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  3. Dec 28, 2009 #2


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    A graph of centripetal acceleration vs. time could look like anything you want, depending on how the object moves. If it's moving in a straight line, for example, the graph would be a horizontal line at a=0
  4. Dec 30, 2009 #3


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    Centripetal acceleration of what? :confused:
  5. Jan 1, 2010 #4
    if the body is undergoing uniform circular motion, then the graph should be a straight line.
    if the body is undergoing accelerated circular motion, then the graph should be a parabola- open upwards and vice-versa
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