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A centrifuge takes 1 minute to turn through 20 complete revolutions before reaching it's final speed. What is the angular acceleration (assumed constant) and what was it's final angular speed in rpm? How do I solve this without knowing the radius of the centrifuge?

drwls
Let angular acceleration = alpha
(1/2)*(alpha)*t^2 = 20*2 pi
= 40*pi radians
alpha = 80*pi/60^2 = 0.06981 rad/s^2
Final angular speed = alpha*t = 4.19 rad/s
OR
= 2*(average angular speed)
= 2*(40 pi/60)= (4/3)*pi
(same answer)
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