hi i need help with a homework problem for physics: it goes like this:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

A roller coaster car of mass 310 kg (including passengers) travels around a horizontal curve of radius 40 m. Its speed is 18 m/s. What is the magnitude and direction of the total force exerted on the car by the track?

_______N at _______° above the horizontal.

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The first answer I tried was calculating the normal force exerted by the track (which was simply mass * gravity, and 90 degrees above the horizontal). That was wrong. Then I tried giving the answer as the centripetal acceleration ((m * V^2)/ r), and the angle as 0 degrees above the horizontal. That was wrong too.

So how do I solve this??????????? Does anyone know, please help?!!!

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