Problem: The passengers in a roller coaster car feel 50% heavier than their true weight as the car goes through a dip with a 30.0 m radius of curvature.What is the car's speed at the bottom of the dip?

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From Newton's second law:

ΣF = ma

N - mg = [(100+50)/100]mg - mg = (mv2)/r

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The passengers in a roller coaster car feel 50% heavier than their true weight as the car goes through a dip with a 30.0 m radius of curvature.

What is the car's speed at the bottom of the dip?

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