posted by sandhu on .
The firetruck goes around a 180°, 162 m radius circular curve. It enters the curve with a speed of 12.6 m/s and leaves the curve with a speed of 38.8 m/s. Assuming the speed changes at a constant rate, what is the magnitude of the total acceleration of the firetruck just after it has entered the curve?
From the length of the curve (L=πr), calculate the average tangential acceleration, At
Find the radial acceleration due to curvature at entry to curve (v=12.6m/s)
Since the two accelerations are perpendicular to each other, add Ar and At vectorially.
I don't understand how you get At = (38.8 - 12.6)/L.Please explain