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Homework Help: Physics

Posted by Jackie on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 4:39pm.

A popular carnival ride consists of seats attached to a central disk through cables. The passengers travel in uniform circular motion. As shown in the figure, the radius of the central disk is R0 = 3.00 m, and the length of the cable is L = 1.43 m. The mass of one of the passengers (including the chair he is sitting on) is 56.1 kg.

a) If the angle θ that the cable makes with respect to the vertical is 30°, what is the speed, v, of this passenger?

b) What is the magnitude of the force exerted by the cable on the chair?

I got b), F=635.5 N, but I can't figure out a. I tried setting 635.5=mv^2/r, but that didn't work. I also tried mg=mv^2/r, v=sqrt(gr) but that also didn't work. Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated!

Here's the figure: i41.tinypic . com/2ho9v69.png

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