Acceleration Vector of a car in a turn

Discussion in 'Algebra' started by CarBuff, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. CarBuff


    Dec 20, 2013
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    Acceleration Vector
    Vector = (Magnitude, Direction)

    I am trying to calculate the acceleration vector acting on a car moving at a constant speed but changing direction. Example: A car is traveling 60 mph north (88 f/s north (V1)). It comes to a constant curve in the road that it takes 15 seconds to complete. The car’s velocity is now 88 f/s east (V2). No change in speed, just change in direction.

    I have:
    • V1 = (88, 0)
    • V2 = (88, 90)
    • Change in direction 90 degrees
    • Delta Time seconds = 15
    • Degrees change per second = 6
    • The acceleration is acting perpendicular to the velocity vector.

    What I have not figured out:
    • What is the magnitude of the acceleration vector acting perpendicular to the velocity vector?

    CarBuff, Dec 20, 2013
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