# Glider and vertical circle question

## Homework Statement

What is the minimum speed that a glider must fly in order to make a perfect vertical circle in the air if the circle has a radius of 200.0 m?

Fc = mv2 / r
V = 2(Pi)r / T

## The Attempt at a Solution

I have drawn the free body diagram and I think that the formula should be Fg = mv2 / r but I am confused why there is no mass given in the question. Is there a way that I can solve for the mass?

What is the minimum speed that a glider must fly in order to make a perfect vertical circle in the air if the circle has a radius of 200.0 m?

think about the lowermost point and the topmost point of the vertical circle the glider is going to cover - and try to find the speed it must have at both the points- the glider speed usually varies as he mounts the circle.

rcgldr
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Seems there is missing information. What is the minimum speed for the glider to be able to fly inverted in level flight (generating (- m g) of lift)?

the question asks for the MINIMUM speed to complete the vertical circle so the ACCELERATION at the top of the circle must equal 'g' ( g= v2 /r ).
The best way to solve this problem is to consider KE and PE.
At the top the KE must equal the gain in PE (h = 2r !!!!) plus some KE to complete the circle.

the solution is independ

## Homework Statement

What is the minimum speed that a glider must fly in order to make a perfect vertical circle in the air if the circle has a radius of 200.0 m?

Fc = mv2 / r
V = 2(Pi)r / T

## The Attempt at a Solution

I have drawn the free body diagram and I think that the formula should be Fg = mv2 / r but I am confused why there is no mass given in the question. Is there a way that I can solve for the mass?

## Homework Statement

What is the minimum speed that a glider must fly in order to make a perfect vertical circle in the air if the circle has a radius of 200.0 m?

Fc = mv2 / r
V = 2(Pi)r / T

## The Attempt at a Solution

I have drawn the free body diagram and I think that the formula should be Fg = mv2 / r but I am confused why there is no mass given in the question. Is there a way that I can solve for the mass?

the solution is independent of mass !!! acceleration is the important quantity

rcgldr
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the question asks for the MINIMUM speed to complete the vertical circle so the ACCELERATION at the top of the circle must equal 'g' ( g= v2 /r ).
The problem statement is a glider flying in a vertical circle. At the top, the acceleration only needs to be equal to v2 / r, where r is the radius of the circle, and with the glider generating negative lift (upwards force on inverted glider), the centripetal acceleration can be less than 1 g, with a corresponding lower speed.

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CWatters
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