A model train with a mass of #4 kg# is moving along a track at #21 (cm)/s#. If the curvature of the track changes from a radius of #84 cm# to #35 cm#, by how much must the centripetal force applied by the tracks change?

1 Answer
Apr 30, 2017

Answer:

The change in centripetal force is #=0.29N#

Explanation:

The centripetal force is

#F=(mv^2)/r#

mass, #m=4kg#

speed, #v=0.21ms^-1#

radius, #=(r) m#

The variation in centripetal force is

#DeltaF=F_2-F_1#

#F_1=mv^2/r_1=4*0.21^2/0.84=0.21N#

#F_2=mv^2/r_2=4*0.21^2/0.35=0.504N#

#DeltaF=0.504-0.21=0.29N#