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How do we use the equations for centripetal force and acceleration?

posted Dec 23, 2017, 1:26 PM by Barbara Fortunato
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Today, we will verify our experimental results with the derivation of the centripetal acceleration formula.  Then, we'll look at 3-D circular motion problems. The important thing to remember here is that the centripetal acceleration is towards the center of the circle in the plane of the circle! We'll look at some real life examples including a car going around a curve, the rotor ride, and the swing ride.
Homework: Print and complete Centripetal Acceleration and Force CompuSheets.  ANSWERS.  Compare your lab graphs with what you learned in class today and write a sentence or two about it.