Physics Tutorial 7.3 - Centripetal Force

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There are 3 lessons in this physics tutorial covering Centripetal Force. The tutorial starts with an introduction to Centripetal Force and is then followed with a list of the separate lessons, the tutorial is designed to be read in order but you can skip to a specific lesson or return to recover a specific physics lesson as required to build your physics knowledge of Centripetal Force. you can access all the lessons from this tutorial below.

In this Physics tutorial, you will learn:

  • The meaning of centripetal force
  • The situations in which centripetal force exists
  • What causes the centripetal force?
  • Equation of centripetal force
  • How does weight change when a vertical centripetal force is present in the system?
  • How to calculate the total acceleration of the system in a non-uniform rotational motion
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Tutorial IDTitleTutorialVideo
7.3Centripetal Force


What happens where you are rotating around yourself an object tied to a string? And what happens when the string cuts off? Why?

Why it is dangerous driving at high speeds when you enter a curve?

What keeps the Moon rotating around the Earth? Why the Moon does not collapse to the Earth?

These and many other questions are answered in this tutorial. Please read it carefully as in many textbooks coverage of issues related to this tutorial are either vague or implied.

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Tutorial IDPhysics Tutorial TitleTutorialVideo
7.3Centripetal Force
Lesson IDPhysics Lesson TitleLessonVideo
7.3.1The Meaning of Centripetal Force
7.3.2How does Centripetal Force Affect the Weight of Objects?
7.3.3Total Acceleration during a non-Uniform Rotational Motion

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