# Tangential Acceleration and Coefficient of static friction

## Homework Statement

There's a ride called the Cajun Cliffhanger. it's a rotating drum that rotates and makes you stick to the walls. here's are the infomation

The diameter is 5.3m
the speed is 4.2 seconds per rotation at final speed
it takes 10.1 seconds to reach the final speed
You have to find out

Your average tangential acceleration before final speed is reached
the value of the coefficient of static friction between your clothing and the drum wall

LowlyPion
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## Homework Statement

There's a ride called the Cajun Cliffhanger. it's a rotating drum that rotates and makes you stick to the walls. here's are the infomation

The diameter is 5.3m
the speed is 4.2 seconds per rotation at final speed
it takes 10.1 seconds to reach the final speed
You have to find out

Your average tangential acceleration before final speed is reached
the value of the coefficient of static friction between your clothing and the drum wall

Welcome to PF.

What are your thoughts on how to approach it?

What kind of forces do you think will need to be generated to satisfy the problem?

well i found out the final velocity is 1.5 m/s
I think the acceleration at final speed is 0.1m/s2 which i got by using a=(vf-vi)/t which is 1.5m/s/10.1 seconds=0.1m/s2

LowlyPion
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well i found out the final velocity is 1.5 m/s
I think the acceleration at final speed is 0.1m/s2 which i got by using a=(vf-vi)/t which is 1.5m/s/10.1 seconds=0.1m/s2

Looks to me like

ω = 2*π/ T = 6.283 / 4.1

V = ω *r

so ...

a = V / T = 6.283 * r / (4.1 * 10.1)

Knowing V you can figure the centripetal acceleration and the force available to determine the friction coefficient required.

is there a formula or equation for centripetal acceleration?

ok thanks for that. i have another part of the question also. it says what is your average tangential acceleration before the final speed is reached. how do i find that

thanks. i got another qustion though
can you think of something that can be measured that has these forces in it?
1) a net force
2) a normal force
3) work
4) power

still need help

diazona
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thanks. i got another qustion though
can you think of something that can be measured that has these forces in it?
1) a net force
2) a normal force
3) work
4) power
A block sliding down a ramp...

Something tells me you might want to be more specific about what you're asking.