Problem 200 — You need a good set of brakes to go the distance, as this month’s problem by Jerry Reckelhoff of Cincinnati demonstrates.

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon, and Finagel J. Wurme was enjoying an exhilarating ride in the country on his motorcycle. The picturesque lane he traveled at 60 mph had a downhill gradient of 5 deg. and crossed a babbling brook. Suddenly a sign, “Bridge Out 500 ft” jarred him out of his reverie. Wurme immediately hit the brakes, generating a constant braking force of 250 lb. If Wurme and motorcycle weigh a total of 750 lb, does Wurme end up in the brook? How many feet does it take him to come to a complete stop?

Fun With Fundamentals
POWER TRANSMISSION DESIGN
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Cleveland, OH 44114-2543

Deadline is January 10. Good luck!

Technical consultant, Jack Couillard, Menasha, Wis.

Solution to last month’s problem 199 — You are no Doubting Thomas if you answered 10 ft. Here’s how McGroundbound saw the light:

For the main-rotor blade to appear to be still, its tangential velocity must equal the helicopter’s linear velocity, but be in the opposite direction. Let:

v = Helicopter’s linear velocity, given as 150 knots or 253 fps