Quick physics double check question

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In summary, when riding in a chair on a ferris wheel at constant speed and at the 3 o'clock position moving upward (counterclockwise), the total force exerted on you by the chair is straight upward and your acceleration vector is pointed in a direction both upward and inward toward the center of the ferris wheel.
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You are riding in a chair on a ferris wheel at constant speed. When you are at the the 3 o'clock position and moving upward (counterclockwise), which of the following statements must be true.

True The total force exerted on you by the chair is straight upward.
False The total force exerted on you by the chair is in a direction both upward and
inward toward the center of the ferris wheel.
False The total force exerted on you by the chair is in a direction both upward and
outward away from the center of the ferris wheel.
False Your acceleration vector is pointed directly toward the center of the ferris wheel.
True Your acceleration vector is pointed in a direction both upward and inward toward
the center of the ferris wheel.
False Your acceleration vector is pointed in a direction both downward and inward
toward the center of the ferris wheel.


Could someone just check my answers and let me know if I got them right.
Thanks
 
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You are in uniform circular motion. Your only acceleration is inwards towards the center of the ferris wheel. Isn't it?
 
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Your answers are correct. When riding on a ferris wheel at a constant speed, the total force exerted on you by the chair is always pointing towards the center of the wheel, which is also the direction of your acceleration vector. This is because the centripetal force (the force that keeps you moving in a circular motion) is always directed towards the center of the circle. Therefore, the statements that are true are:
- The total force exerted on you by the chair is straight upward.
- Your acceleration vector is pointed in a direction both upward and inward toward the center of the ferris wheel.
 

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