Centripetal Acceleration

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Centripetal Acceleration

Centripetal acceleration is acceleration towards the center that keeps an object in an elliptical orbit.

Centripetal Acceleration Formula

\(a_c = \frac { v^2 } { r }   \)

Where:

\(a_c\) = centripetal acceleration

\(v\) = velocity

\(r\) = radius

Solve for:

\(v =   \sqrt { a r }   \)

\(r = \frac { v^2 } { a }   \)

 

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