Expression for centripetal acceleration

Asked by pratikbharadia | 6th Aug, 2008, 05:25: PM

Expert Answer:

The centripetal force is the external force required to make a body follow a curved path.This force has the magnitude  F = mv^2/ r.


Here the acceleration in circular motion is called centripetal (centre-seeking) acceleration as it is always directed towards the centre of the circle.

Force = mass X acceleration = m ( v^2 / r) , where m= mass of the body v=its velocity , r=radius of the circle



Answered by  | 7th Aug, 2008, 04:28: PM

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