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A circular rim 28 inches in diameter rotates the same number [#permalink]
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A circular rim 28 inches in diameter rotates the same number of inches per second as a circular rim 35 inches in diameter. If the smaller rim makes x revolutions per second, how many revolutions per minute does the larger rim make in terms of x?

Linear velocities of the points lying on both circles are the same.

Linear velocity=Angle velocity*Radius

X*14=Y35/2

Y=2*14*X/35 revolutions per second; it will rotate 60 times the number per minute

Y=2*14*60*X/35=48X

Stolyar:

You are very analytical, but you need to do "sanity checks" on your answers. One circle is merely 20% larger than the other in scale. What makes you think that it is possible for one to rotate 48 times as fast as the other?

The answer that doesn't make any physical sense is usually wrong.... _________________

Best,

AkamaiBrah Former Senior Instructor, Manhattan GMAT and VeritasPrep Vice President, Midtown NYC Investment Bank, Structured Finance IT MFE, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, Class of 2005 MBA, Anderson School of Management, UCLA, Class of 1993

Linear velocities of the points lying on both circles are the same.

Linear velocity=Angle velocity*Radius

X*14=Y35/2

Y=2*14*X/35 revolutions per second; it will rotate 60 times the number per minute

Y=2*14*60*X/35=48X

Stolyar:

You are very analytical, but you need to do "sanity checks" on your answers. One circle is merely 20% larger than the other in scale. What makes you think that it is possible for one to rotate 48 times as fast as the other?

The answer that doesn't make any physical sense is usually wrong....

Akamai,

You forget that Y=48x is in revolutions per minute whereas x is in revolutions per second !!

If we use the same units, revolutions per second, then the larger circle's angular speed is (28/35)x=0.8x

Linear velocities of the points lying on both circles are the same.

Linear velocity=Angle velocity*Radius

X*14=Y35/2

Y=2*14*X/35 revolutions per second; it will rotate 60 times the number per minute

Y=2*14*60*X/35=48X

Stolyar:

You are very analytical, but you need to do "sanity checks" on your answers. One circle is merely 20% larger than the other in scale. What makes you think that it is possible for one to rotate 48 times as fast as the other?

The answer that doesn't make any physical sense is usually wrong....

The question does not require to understand the physical sense directly. It uses different measures -- minutes and seconds. So, sanity cheking tells that the bigger circle rotates at X28/35 rps, a smaller rate that that of the first small circle (X rps). It is OK. But we have to translate the rate into rpm by multiplying it by 60.

Linear velocities of the points lying on both circles are the same.

Linear velocity=Angle velocity*Radius

X*14=Y35/2

Y=2*14*X/35 revolutions per second; it will rotate 60 times the number per minute

Y=2*14*60*X/35=48X

Stolyar:

You are very analytical, but you need to do "sanity checks" on your answers. One circle is merely 20% larger than the other in scale. What makes you think that it is possible for one to rotate 48 times as fast as the other?

The answer that doesn't make any physical sense is usually wrong....

Akamai,

You forget that Y=48x is in revolutions per minute whereas x is in revolutions per second !!

If we use the same units, revolutions per second, then the larger circle's angular speed is (28/35)x=0.8x

Ahh. my bad. Apologies to Stolyar (although you still need to use sanity checks!). _________________

Best,

AkamaiBrah Former Senior Instructor, Manhattan GMAT and VeritasPrep Vice President, Midtown NYC Investment Bank, Structured Finance IT MFE, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, Class of 2005 MBA, Anderson School of Management, UCLA, Class of 1993