Astronauts must be able to withstand accelerations up to 5 g’s, or five times the acceleration due to gravity. Physiologists basically measure this as the total normal force exerted on the pilot by the seat. Determine the angular velocity of the centrifuge in revolutions per second so that the magnitude of the total normal force on the pilot is 5 times her weight; the radius of the centrifuge is 6 meters. Kinetics: Circular motion L6IC6.2 Human Centrifuge Sketch – draw your FBD and MAD: Solution: Problem Type:
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