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Instantaneous Speed Application Problem

  1. Feb 9, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    My teacher put us into groups and we each selected a wall of the rectangular room. He attached some sort of machine to the wall that spins in a circle with a laser on it, creating a laser point revolving around the walls. Our task is to create a function for the instantaneous speed of the laser point at any point x on our wall.

    2. The attempt at a solution
    1. We found the dimensions of the room. The red dot indicates where the laser is at. We have the left wall.
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    2. We found the RPM by counting how many times the laser hit one spot on the wall over a interval of 1 minute.
    RPM = 36
    3. Converted to radians per second 6pi/5

    Now we don't know what to do from here.
     
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  3. Feb 9, 2012 #2

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    How about defining some variables to represent the relevant quantities in your problem? For instance, you referred to "x". What is x?
     
  4. Feb 12, 2012 #3
    X would be any distance on our wall from 0 to 26.75.
     
  5. Feb 12, 2012 #4

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    Measured from where? You need to precisely define the quantities here. We can't read your mind. Are there any other variables?
     
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