Centrifugal Force

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Classical Mechanics

force centrifugalCentrifugal force is when a force pushes away from the center of a circle, but this does not really exist.  When an object travels in a circle, the object always wants to go straight, but the centripetal force keeps the object traveling along an axis of rotation.

 

Centrifugal force formula

\(\large{ F = m \; \omega^2 \; r }\)   

Where:

\(\large{ F }\) = centrifugal force

\(\large{ \omega }\)   (Greek symbol omega) = angular velocity

\(\large{ m }\) = mass

\(\large{ r }\) = distance from the origin

 

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