Centrifugal Force

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Classical Mechanics

Centrifugal 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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