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Homework Help: Rotational motion and center of a car

  1. Jan 29, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    This question is based on the chapter of "rotational motion":

    "Why does sitting closest to the center of a vehicle provide the most comfortable ride in a bus traveling on a bumpy road, a ship in choppy seas, or an airplane in turbulent air?"

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Something to do with being at the center of a circle...?
    But a bus on bumpy road isn't a circle...?
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  3. Jan 29, 2009 #2


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    The question does seem to be a bit misplaced in that section, but not way off base. Hint -- think of the ship question, when the wavelength from crest-to-crest is about twice as long as the ship.... The bumpiness or wavelength compared to the vehicle makes a difference, no?
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