Mechanics: Circular Motion and Gravitation
Circular Motion and Gravitation: Audio Guided Solution
The tallest Ferris wheel in the world is located in Singapore. Standing 42 stories high and holding as many as 780 passengers, the Ferris wheel has a diameter of 150 meters and takes approximately 30 minutes to make a full circle. Determine the speed of riders (in m/s and mi/hr) on the Singapore Flyer. (GIVEN: 1.00 m/s= 2.24 mi/hr)
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0.26 m/s or 0.59 mi/hr
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