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Homework Help: Physics Centripetal Force problem?

  1. Feb 11, 2016 #1
    1. At what rate a space station 200m in diameter would have to rotate to create gravity equal to 0.7 that at the surface of earth. How fast does it spin, and how long would it take to make a complete rotation?

    2. a2 = v2 / 100m
    T = 2pi(r) / v

    so far: 6.867m/s2 = v2 / 100m = 26.2 m/s

    T = 2pi(100) / 26.2m/s = 24 sec

    did I do it right?
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  3. Feb 11, 2016 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Your work looks good. The phrase "how fast does it spin" might refer to angular speed rather than linear speed at the outer rim.
  4. Feb 11, 2016 #3
    The problem is word for word so I assume they're asking for angular speed.
    Am I correct, though?
  5. Feb 11, 2016 #4


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    If they're asking for angular speed, then you need to calculate the angular speed. I believe your answers for the linear speed and period of rotation are correct.
  6. Feb 11, 2016 #5
    w = 2pi / T
    w = 2pi / 24 = .2618 rad/sec
    is that correct?
  7. Feb 11, 2016 #6
    Yes. It's also v/r = 26.2/100=0.262 rad/sec
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