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Exploration 5.1: Circular Motion
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A puck travels in a circular path on a frictionless table, propelled by a string pulling from the center of the circle (position is shown in meters and time is shown in seconds). You may adjust the mass (10 g < m < 500 g), the speed (1 m/s < v < 50 m/s), and/or the radius (0.5 m < r < 3.5 m). The tension is displayed on the screen. Restart.
How does the tension in the string depend upon the mass, the speed of the block, and the radius of the circle?
- If you only vary the mass, how does the tension change?
- If you only vary the velocity, how does the tension change?
- If you only vary the radius, how does the tension change?