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Homework Help: What is her speed when she is at an angle theta?

  1. Dec 8, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    a snowboader is resting atop a large snowball with radius R when she begins to slide off the frictionless surface
    a)what is her speed when she is at an angle theta?
    b)find the maximum speed she can have without losing contact with the surface?
    c)at what angle will she fly off the snowball?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 8, 2009 #2
    Re: Snowboarder

    Newton's second law should be handy to solve this type of equation.

  4. Dec 8, 2009 #3
    Re: Snowboarder

    You have to consider centripetal force in this problem. When the centripetal force gets greater than the normal force (force perpendicular pulling her towards the center of the ball) she flies off..
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