Inquiry into Physics

8th Edition
ISBN: 9781337515863
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(Indicates a review question, which means it requires only a basic understanding of the material to answer. Questions without this designation typically require integrating or extending the concepts presented thus far.)

. What is centripetal acceleration? What is the direction of the centripetal acceleration of a car going around a curve?

To determine

Centripetal acceleration and its direction when a car is going around a curve.



Centripetal acceleration is necessary for a circular motion to go around a curve.

Centripetal acceleration is defined as a rate of change of tangential velocity. It is a vector quantity which is required to change the direction of the tangential velocity as a car moves around a curve. According to Newton’s first law, as the car moves around the curve, we need an acceleration to change the direction of the car...

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