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Worksheet: Centripetal Force

Q1:

A Formula One race car is traveling at 89.0 m/s along a straight track enters a turn on the race track with radius of curvature of 200.0 m. What centripetal acceleration must the car have to stay on the track?

Q2:

A fairground ride spins its occupants inside a flying saucer-shaped container. If the horizontal circular path the riders follow has an 8.00-meter radius, at how many revolutions per minute are the riders subjected to a centripetal acceleration equal to that of gravity?

Q3:

A geosynchronous satellite orbits Earth at a distance of m and has a period of 1 day, taking a day as s. What is the centripetal acceleration of the satellite?

Q4:

A particle travels in a circle of radius 10 m, moving at a constant speed of 20 m/s. What is the magnitude of the particle’s centripetal acceleration?

Q5:

A wind turbine has blades 85 m in length. The tip of a blade has a mass of 2.7 kg. The blades rotate at a steady 0.67 rev/s. What is the magnitude of the centripetal force on the tip of a blade?

Q6:

What is the magnitude of the acceleration of Venus toward the Sun, assuming a circular orbit of radius m that has a period of 0.6152 years?

  • A m/s2
  • B m/s2
  • C m/s2
  • D m/s2
  • E m/s2

Q7:

In a particle accelerator, a proton moves along a circular path of 5.55 km radius at a speed of m/s. The mass of a proton is kg.

What is the magnitude of the centripetal acceleration of the proton?

  • A m/s2
  • B m/s2
  • C m/s2
  • D m/s2
  • E m/s2

What is the magnitude of the centripetal force on the proton?

  • A N
  • B N
  • C N
  • D N
  • E N

Q8:

The Sun orbits the Milky Way galaxy once each years, with a roughly circular orbit averaging a radius of light-years.

Calculate the centripetal acceleration of the Sun in its galactic orbit.

  • A m/s2
  • B m/s2
  • C m/s2
  • D m/s2
  • E m/s2

Calculate the average speed of the Sun in its galactic orbit.

  • A m/s
  • B m/s
  • C m/s
  • D m/s
  • E m/s

Q9:

A particle’s centripetal acceleration at the instant . The particle is executing uniform circular motion about an axis, at a distance of 5.0 m from the axis. What is the particle’s velocity at ?

  • A m/s
  • B m/s
  • C m/s
  • D m/s
  • E m/s