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Homework Help: Strobe light

  1. Nov 23, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A stroboscope is a light that flashes on and off at a constant rate. It can be used to illuminate a rotating object, and if the flashing rate is adjusted properly, the object can be made to appear stationary.
    (a) What is the shortest time between flashes of light that will make a three-bladed propeller appear stationary when it is rotating with an angular speed of 14.4 rev/s?

    (b) What is the next shortest time?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    not sure where to start.
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  3. Nov 24, 2007 #2

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    When the propellor rotates by 120 deg, it looks the same. The light should flash again by the time the propellor has done this.
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