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Dynamics: Normal and Tangential Velocity and Accelerations



Normal and Tangential Velocity and Accelerations

When a particle goes around a curve it develops a tangential velocity and acceleration as well as a normal acceleration. To view the normal and tangential components on a curve refer to the image below.

Normal and Tangential Components Diagram

To calculate the normal and tangential velocity and accelerations the following equations would be used.

Tangential Velocity Equation (1)

Tangential Acceleration Equation (2)

Normal Acceleration Equation (3)




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