# Radius of centripetal force when on an angle.

http://puu.sh/4IjIT.png [Broken]

I don't quite understand why this is correct. My initial try was this... (the only difference is at the end, bolded)

r = 0.154m
period = 0.426s
rev per second = 1/0.426s
w = 2*pi*(1/0.426)

mg = Fn*cosx
Fn = mg/cosx
Fc = Fn*sinx = mg/cosx
= mg*tanx

mg*tanx = mv^2/r
mg*tanx = m(r*sinx)w^2
g*tanx = (r*sinx)*w^2
9.8*tan(x) = 0.154*sinx*[2*pi*(1/0.426)]^2

EDIT: So this way does work, why did the way in the screenshot get the same answer?
EDIT 2: Oh... I just did it wrong and coincidentally got a close enough answer to round to the right answer.

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So why is the radius of the rotation about the y axis constantly equal to the given radius of the ring, shouldn't the distance from the bead to the centre of rotation depend on the angle of the bead?

If the bead was at a 1 degree angle from the vertical, the circle of motion it makes would be nowhere near 15cm. I don't get why the radius in the equation mv^2/r or mrw^2 wouldn't be r*sinx.