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Problem: It is common to see birds of prey rising upward on thermals. The path they take may be spiral-like. You can model the spiral motion as uniform circular motion combined with a constant upward velocity. Assume a bird completes a circle of radius 5.00 m every 5.60 s and rises vertically at a rate of 2.80 m/s. Find the magnitude of the birds’ acceleration.

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It is common to see birds of prey rising upward on thermals. The path they take may be spiral-like. You can model the spiral motion as uniform circular motion combined with a constant upward velocity. Assume a bird completes a circle of radius 5.00 m every 5.60 s and rises vertically at a rate of 2.80 m/s. Find the magnitude of the birds’ acceleration.

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