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Problem: Looking down from a stationary tree branch, a merry-go-round spins in a counterclockwise direction with an angular velocity of 1 radian per second. A squirrel of mass 0.2kg sits on the outer rim of the merry-go-round, at a radius of 2.0 meters.a) What is the magnitude and direction of the vector ω?b) What is the magnitude and direction of the Coriolis pseudo-force as felt by the squirrel?c)What is the magnitude ad direction of the centrifugal pseudo-force as felt by the squirrel?

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In this problem, we are dealing with a circular motion. 

a)

Angular velocity, ω has the units rad/s.

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Looking down from a stationary tree branch, a merry-go-round spins in a counterclockwise direction with an angular velocity of 1 radian per second. A squirrel of mass 0.2kg sits on the outer rim of the merry-go-round, at a radius of 2.0 meters.

a) What is the magnitude and direction of the vector ω?

b) What is the magnitude and direction of the Coriolis pseudo-force as felt by the squirrel?

c)What is the magnitude ad direction of the centrifugal pseudo-force as felt by the squirrel?

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