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posted by Ashley Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 1:00pm.

A Ferris wheel rotates 4 times each minute and has a diameter of 17 m. The acceleration of gravity is 9.8 m/s2. What is the centripetal acceleration of a rider? Answer in units of m/s2

The centripetal acceleration does not depend upon g or the position on the wheel (top, bottom side etc.) It equals V^2/R In this case, V = pi*17m/15s = 3.56 m/s R = 17/2 = 8.5 m Now compute V^2/R for the answer.

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