I have an actual physics problem and also a conceptual question to go with it. From some test prep I was presented with this straight-forward question:
What is the minimum radius that a cyclist can ride around at 10 kilometers per hour without slipping if the coefficient of friction between her tires and the road is 0.5?
I assumed this is a F=$a_c$m = (m)(v^2/r) = $u_k$(mg), but upon solving I get r = 1.57, whereas the answer is r = 4.1 Does anyone see what I am doing wrong here?
Also, it seems the correct free-body diagram has both the centripetal acceleration and the force of friction pointing toward the center of the circle. How is this possible, shouldn't there be some other force in the diagram pointing out of the circle that centripetal force has to be equilibrium with?