A ferris wheel at a carnival has a radius of 12 m and turns so that the speed of the riders is 8m/s
a) what is the magnitude of the centripetal acceleration of the riders?
b) what is the magnitude of the net force required to produce this centripetal acceleration for a rider with a mass of 70kg?
Centripetal acceleration = v^2/r
F = ma
Fnet = N - W = m(centripetal acceleration)
The Attempt at a Solution
centripetal acceleration = 8^2/ 12 = 5.33 m/s^2