Hey Everyone, I'm a first year mech eng student and have been studying circular movement. Gonna state a few things, please pick me up where i'm incorrect: A roulette wheel. The ball spins around, and is held against the side of the wheel due to F=mv^2/r If m and r are constant, then whatever speed the ball starts spinning at, will always fall off the edge of the wheel at the same speed. Its speed at a moment is 2PI/time taken for one revolution - angular velocity? This is where i am maninly confused: Its acceleration is change in two measured velocities/difference in time taken for those velocities? i.e change in speed over change in time? This deceleration is a constant until the ball falls from the rim. The ball will only stay against the rim if v^2/r > g from: f = mv^2/r = mg when they are equal the ball is about to fall but not quite, and the m's cancel. v^2/r is centrepetal acceleration. what affect does this have - how can i think about how this affects the ball? if a ball has a velocity of 10m/s and a deceleration of 0.1m/s/s then the ball will take 100 seconds to stop? How far off am i?