Momentum and Newton's Laws of Motion

Momentum and Newton's Laws of Motion problem 18

A car is driven into a sharp bend in a horizontal road. The radius of the bend is , and the coefficient of friction between the tires and the ground is .

Driving a car in a bend .

  • Draw the external forces on the car and name them.

  • What does the maximum speed of a car depend on when driving safely through a bend in a horizontal road?

  • What is the maximum speed with which the car can drive safely around the bend?

  • On normal road traffic, only the right half of the road should be used. Based on the equation obtained in part b above, explain on which side of the bend the car can drive at a higher speed.


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