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Problem: A passenger on a Ferris wheel moves in a vertical circle of radius  R with constant speed v. Assuming that the seat remains upright during the motion, derive an expression for the magnitude of the upward force the seat exerts on the passenger at the bottom of the circle if the passenger's mass is m.

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A passenger on a Ferris wheel moves in a vertical circle of radius  R with constant speed v. Assuming that the seat remains upright during the motion, derive an expression for the magnitude of the upward force the seat exerts on the passenger at the bottom of the circle if the passenger's mass is m.

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