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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Centripetal Acceleration



Centripetal Acceleration
Consider an object moving in a circle of radius r with constant angular velocity. The tangential speed is constant, but the direction of the tangential velocity vector changes as the object rotates.

If there was no understanding of centripetal acceleration, car manufacturers couldn't design suspensions, trucks would roll over everywhere, and we would all die horribly.

7 Comments:

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Sarah-Aubrey said...

Do thoughts like this keep you up at night?

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger Jake-M said...

I'm afraid so. When I realize that things like this happen and most people don't know anything about it, it's kinda scary. Newton discovered gravity, and oh my gosh, it changed the world. I want to learn more about this stuff.

 
At 3:02 AM, Blogger Handel said...

so without an understanding of centripetal acceleration we wouldn't be able to use trucks. Well let's see how many people die because a trucker got road rage/careless?

Now I'd try and think of a serious thought, but honestly I think this one leads to a rather obvious conclusion. Ok I actually tried, but on account of it being quite the feeble attempt to contradict you, I renounce it. And it was feeble on account of it being almost II in the morning. So instead I'll expect a more debate-worthy topic, apologize for barging in while you were talking to someone on Skype, and see you all on Julius VI (Thursday, July 6th).

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger Handel said...

oh wow I just realised that's a prefectly upside-down truck....

 
At 10:19 PM, Blogger Sgt Steve said...

well I have no idea what those big werds mean, but I think I know what your talking about. I don't need science to help me understand why trucks flip, I just know. I get it.

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger wilsonian said...

I miss you here.

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger Jake-M said...

I'll be back soon, but I don't know when. Sorry friends.

 

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