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Homework Help: Pilot problem dealing with weight and magnitude of force exerted on pilot's body

  1. Oct 26, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The Pilot of an airplane executes a loop-the-loop manuever in a vertical circle. The airplane's speed is 300 mi/h at the top of the loop and 450 mi/h at the bottom. The radius of the circle is 1200 ft. Use American Engineering units in this problem.

    A) The pilot's apparent weight is equal to the magnitude of the force exeted by the seat on his body. What is the pilot's weight at the circle's highest point if his true weight is 160 lb?

    B) What is the pilot's apparent weight at the circle's lowest point?

    2. Relevant equations
    I know I have to find the some of forces and solve for his weight.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I know the first step is to draw a FBD and label the forces acting on the pilot.
    At the top of the look, with the pilot travelling 300 mi/hr the forces acting are...

    Gravitational Force = mg = 32 ft/s^2
    w/Pilot's weight = 32 x 160lb = - 5120
    Normal Force of seat = Fn = Fg = 5120 ??

    I know I have to factor in the velocity but im not sure what the equation is that i have to use...
    Please help thanks
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 26, 2011 #2
    Is the right equation...

    Fn = -mg + mv^2/r ??
  4. Oct 27, 2011 #3
    any help please?
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