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Homework Help: Non-uniform circular motion

  1. Oct 4, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Bob and Villie are able to tolerate acceleration of 0.2g, the driver wants to accelerate from 250km/h to 300 km/h on a curved piece of track, the radius of curvature is 5km, what is the minimum time the driver can use to change speed?

    2. Relevant equations
    total acceleration = tangential acceleration + radial acceleration
    speed = initial speed + tangential acceleration x time

    3. The attempt at a solution

    given that total acceleration must not exceed 0.2g, radial acceleration increases as tangential acceleration decreases. So what i did was integrate tangential acceleration over a time period from x to y which should equal to the change in speed.

    Integration (x to y) tangential acceleration dt = 13.89 m/s

    i was hoping to eventually end up with an equation that goes m(x-y) = 13.89 and then solve for x-y but when i plug in the above equations in b for tangential acceleration, I get this extremely complicated and unsolvable quadratic formula if i attempt to express the equations in terms of t.

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  3. Oct 4, 2008 #2


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    Can you show us what you got? Then we can comment on whether you're on the right track.
  4. Oct 4, 2008 #3
    how do ya say that?
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