MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

410 views

What is centripetal force?

For an object moving in a circular path, the centripetal force is any force which acts towards the centre of this circular path. This means it acts perpendicular to the direction of forward motion.

It is important to remember it is not an additional physical force like gravity or friction. It is simply a TYPE of force, which may be provided by gravity or friction. For example, for a planet orbiting the Sun, the centripetal force is provided by gravity, as gravity is the force acting towards the centre of the orbit.

The formula for centripetal force is:

F= m*v2/r = m*omega^2*r

where m is the object mass, v is the linear velocity, omega is the angular velocity and r is the radius of the motion.

Ben H. A Level Further Mathematics  tutor, GCSE Further Mathematics  ...

11 months ago

Answered by Ben, a GCSE Physics tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

276 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

PremiumEllie B. GCSE Maths tutor, 11 Plus Maths tutor, A Level Maths tutor, ...
£24 /hr

Ellie B.

Degree: Mathematics (Masters) - York University

Subjects offered:Physics, Maths+ 1 more

Physics
Maths
Further Mathematics

“I study Maths at York University; I chose York because I loved the lecturers, they made maths fun and easy- that's what I hope to do with all my students!”

£22 /hr

Nketia O.

Degree: Pharmacy (Masters) - Durham University

Subjects offered:Physics, Chemistry+ 1 more

Physics
Chemistry
Biology

“Hello! My name’s Nketia. I got an A* in A-Level Biology and an A in A-Level Chemistry. I’m a second-year Pharmacy student who is ready to teach others.”

£18 /hr

Kamil F.

Degree: Mechanical Engineering (Masters) - Manchester University

Subjects offered:Physics, Maths+ 2 more

Physics
Maths
Further Mathematics
.PAT.

“"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." Albert Einstein”

About the author

Ben H.

Currently unavailable: for new students

Degree: Theoretical Physics (Masters) - Birmingham University

Subjects offered:Physics, Maths+ 1 more

Physics
Maths
Further Mathematics

“An enthusiastic tutor with an interest and proficiency in science communication. Whether you're looking to improve grades or gain interest, I'm happy to help!”

You may also like...

Posts by Ben

Convert the general complex number z=x+iy to modulus-argument form.

Find the possible values of x for x^2 = 36-5x.

Give examples of how the photoelectric effect supports the particle nature of light and defies the wave theory.

What is centripetal force?

Other GCSE Physics questions

What is the difference between A.C. and D.C.?

How do fossil fuel powered power stations and solar powered power stations generates electricity?

Describe the photoelectric effect.

What are some key differences between sound and light waves?

View GCSE Physics tutors

We use cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok