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    For 1bii of the Spring 2011 Newtonian World paper we are asked to calculate the momentum of descending air, force provided by the blades, and the mass of a helicopter.

    In the previous part I calculated the mass of air to be 6126kg, which was correct. Given that the velocity is 12ms-1, I made the momentum to be 7.4x10^4, again correct.

    But on the next part when we're asked to calculated the force provided by the helicopter blades, the mark scheme has done: mv/r.

    Surely it should be mv^2/r?

    That's the equation provided by the data booklet, and it makes sense, so why are they only using mv not mv^2? Or is it an error?

    Thanks again!


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    For 1bii of the Spring 2011 Newtonian World paper we are asked to calculate the momentum of descending air, force provided by the blades, and the mass of a helicopter.

    In the previous part I calculated the mass of air to be 6126kg, which was correct. Given that the velocity is 12ms-1, I made the momentum to be 7.4x10^4, again correct.

    But on the next part when we're asked to calculated the force provided by the helicopter blades, the mark scheme has done: mv/r.

    Surely it should be mv^2/r?

    That's the equation provided by the data booklet, and it makes sense, so why are they only using mv not mv^2? Or is it an error?

    Thanks again!


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    They've actually used F=\dfrac{mv}{t}.
    F=\dfrac{mv^2}{r} is the formula for centripetal force - the force towards the centre of a circle required to maintain the circular motion.

    The fact that the helicopter blades are rotating is irrelevant to the question.
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    Force is equal to momentum over time

    F = mv/t
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    Ah okay! Thank you! That makes sense now


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