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posted by Sasha on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 8:39pm.

a child sitting 1.10 m from the center of a merry go round moves with a speed of 1.25 m/s. calculate the centripetal acceleration of the child and the net horizontal force exerted on the child (mass = 25 kg).

The centripetal acceleration is a = V^2/R and the force is F = m a = m V^2/R. m = 25 kg V = 1.25 m/s R = 1.10 m Do the numbers.

so i did a = 1.25^/1.1 = 1.42 m/s^2 then F =ma = 25(1.42) = 35.5N is that right?

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