Mechanics: Circular Motion and Gravitation
Circular Motion and Gravitation: Audio Guided Solution
Landon and Jocelyn are partners in pair figure skating. Last weekend, they perfected the death spiral
element for inclusion in their upcoming competition. During this maneuver, Landon holds Jocelyn by the hand and swings her in a circle while she maintains her blades on the ice, stretched out in a nearly horizontal orientation. Determine the net force which must be applied to Jocelyn (m=51 kg) if her center of mass rotates in a circle with a radius of 61 cm once every 1.9 seconds.
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