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Location of an object moving in a circular path

  1. Feb 23, 2010 #1
    if i know the speed and the radius of the turn how can I find the location of the object(x,y Cartesian) of the object with Time?
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  3. Feb 23, 2010 #2


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    You could describe the circle parametrically as:
    [tex] x=r cos (\alpha)[/tex]
    [tex] y=r sin (\alpha)[/tex]

    Then, knowing v, you can find the period it should take for the object to complete one revolution and compute alpha in terms of your normal time variable.
  4. Feb 23, 2010 #3
    ok so, im guessing [tex]\alpha[/tex] is the angle in radians and r is the radius. so I use the speed(s) and time(t) to get the distance then divide that by the circumference then multiply by 2[tex]\pi[/tex] to get the radians to put into those equations?
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