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Homework Help: Normal Force on the car

  1. Apr 16, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A 1300 kg car is travelling at 25 m/s as it passes the crest of a hill that has a radius of curvature of 120m. Determine the normal force acting on the car at the crest of the hill.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know that for horizontal surfaces the Normal Force is equal and opposite to the force of gravity. So I figured out the force of gravity (mg) but am unsure if this is right because I am not sure if this is a horizontal surface in the question. The question does mention the crest of a hill so do I treat this like a vertical circular motion question?
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  3. Apr 16, 2014 #2


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    That's not the correct answer.

    Yes. Treat this is vertical circular motion. The acceleration is not zero so the Normal Force is not equal to the gravitational force.
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