Just an instant before reaching the very bottom of a semi-circular section of a roller coaster ride, the automatic emergency brake inadvertently goes on. Assume the car has a total mass of 750 kg, the radius of that section of the track is 55.0 m, and the car entered the bottom after descending vertically (from rest) 25.0 m on a frictionless straight incline. If the braking force is a steady 1700 N, determine
(a) The car’s centripetal acceleration (including direction),
(b) The normal force of the track on the car,
(c) The tangential acceleration of the car (including direction), and
(d) The total acceleration of the car.

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