Chapter 8 Problems

34. A bicycle wheel has a diameter of 64.0 cm and a mass of 1.80 kg. Assume that the wheel is a hoop with all the mass concentrated on the outside radius. The bicycle is placed on a stationary stand and a resistive force of 120 N is applied tangent to the rim of the tire. (a) What force must be applied by a chain passing over a 9.00-cm-diameter sprocket in order to give the wheel an acceleration of 4.50 rad/s2? (b) What force is required if you shift to a 5.60-cm-diameter sprocket?

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