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Homework Help: Uniform Circular Motion of a race car

  1. Oct 29, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A 990-kg race car can drive around an unbanked turn at a maximum speed of 42 m/s without slipping. The turn has a radius of 140 m. Air flowing over the car's wing exerts a downward-pointing force (called the downforce) of 12000 N on the car. (a) What is the coefficient of static friction between the track and the car's tires? (b) What would be the maximum speed if no downforce acted on the car?

    2. Relevant equations

    F s (max) = v squared / r
    Fn - mg - Fd = 0

    3. The attempt at a solution

    So i got the normal force, but I am so confused on how to get Fs max. Isn't it equal to the centripetal force??
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  3. Oct 29, 2012 #2
    Also, for part B, I know you just have to make the downforce equal to zero, but i am not sure how to find V.
  4. Nov 12, 2012 #3


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    hi wizzpowa! :smile:

    do you still need help with this?

    btw, never reply to your own first post …

    it takes the thread off the No-Replies list! :redface:
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