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G-force and displacement

  1. Mar 29, 2007 #1
    hi..just discovered this forum..very nice indeed..i was wondering if somebody could help me on something here..imagine that a car is traveling at 50km/h through a 90-degree right-hand turn..my question is is there any mathematical relation relating how much the g-force he encounters and the "displacement" of fuel in the fuel tank..or water that is half-full in a water bottle..tq..
     
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  3. Mar 29, 2007 #2

    russ_watters

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    Yes, it is a simple matter of drawing a triangle witht he two g-forces as two legs and computing the resulting angle.
     
  4. Mar 29, 2007 #3
    so, the resulting angle is the angle at which the top surface of the water is tilted? what are the two g-forces? the ones acting on the car?
     
  5. Mar 29, 2007 #4

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    Right. So, for example, if the lateral g-force on the car is .5, the angle is atan (.5/1)=26.6 degrees.
     
  6. Mar 30, 2007 #5
    Neat, thanks Rus. Never thought of that. Simple and elegant.
     
  7. Apr 2, 2007 #6
    wow..simple and complicated at the same time..i was also wondering if you any reference books in particular regarding this topic..i guess i need to catch up on my reading..
     
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