A car moves around a curved banked road


A curved road is banked at an angle β, and there is no friction between the road and the car’s tires. The road has a radius of curvature of 50 m.
A car has a speed of 90 km/h.

Find angle β.

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The car passes over the top of a convex bridge


A car has a mass of 1500 kg and travels with a speed of 5 m/s. The car passes over the top of a convex bridge that has a radius of curvature equal to 10 m. What is the force of the bridge on the car as it passes over the top?

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A C-130 Hercules is traveling toward a cliff

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A C-130 Hercules is traveling toward a cliff at the speed of 150 m/s. Its engines emit a tone at frequency f0. We consider that the speed of sound is 340 m/s. What frequency is received by a pilot after reflection from the cliff?

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To determine the acceleration due to gravity by means of a conical pendulum

ExpConPenA student conducted an experiment to measure the acceleration of gravity. He used a conical pendulum. The conical pendulum is a string with a bob (weight) that revolves around an axis through its point of suspension.
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A string around the Earth’s equator


Place a string around the Earth’s equator and pull it snug. Add a length of one meter to the string and push it away from the equator an equidistant amount. What is the largest animal, from the list below, that would now be able to walk under the string?

Flea Mouse Dachshund Calf Horse Elephant
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When the fuse blows

FUSEA fuse is a device to avoid the flow of a large current in a circuit. The potential difference across the fuse is negligible. In our circuit, the maximum current allowed through the fuse is 10 A. The light bulbs marked 40 Watt, 110 V. The bulbs connected to a voltage source of 110 V. What is the maximum number of bulbs that can be placed in parallel before the fuse blows?

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A block and a triangular wedge move together

Problem20_2A block of mass m and a triangular wedge of mass M move together without slipping due to a pulling force F. The triangular wedge has a slope α. There is no friction between any pair of surfaces. Derive an equation of pulling force.

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