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Introductory Centripetal Force Problem - Car over a Hill

A 453 g toy car moving at 1.05 m/s is going over a semi-circular hill with a radius of 1.8 m. When the car is at the top of the hill, what is the magnitude of the force from the ground on the car?

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Content Times:
0:08 Translating the problem
1:49 Drawing the free body diagram
2:43 We need to sum the forces in the in-direction
3:22 The “in-direction” is positive. The “out-direction” is negative
4:06 Identifying the centripetal force in this problem
4:54 Solving the problem … finally.
6:15 Kit compares the magnitudes of the force normal and force of gravity

Thank you to Kit from Gorilla Physics for your help with this video!!

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