It is common to see birds of prey rising upward on thermals. The paths they take may be spiral-like. You can model the spiral motion as uniform circular motion combined with a constant upward velocity. Assume a bird completes a circle of radius 6.00m every 5.00s and rises vertically at a rate of 3.00m/s.
Part C: Find the direction of the bird's acceleration.
Part D: Find the angle between the bird's velocity vector and the horizontal
Acceleration radius = v^(2)/R
Acceleration radius = (4*pi^(2)*R)/T^(2)
The Attempt at a Solution
I already found the speed of the bird relative to the ground
V=(2pi*R)/T= 2*pi*6.00m/5.00 sec = 7.54m/s
I also found the magnitude of the birds acceleration
Not sure how to go about the direction of acceleration though.