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Old 03-21-2005, 08:27 PM   #17
Mike Sigman
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Re: Tenkan and Centrifugal Force

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Stuart Norton wrote:
lol, the power of the internet.
couldn't find one with shite swinging uke around though...
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/cf.html

And here's one mentioning the "apparent" centrifugal force:
http://www.answers.com/topic/centripetal-force
Here's the definition:

centrifugal force (sen-trif-yuh-guhl, sen-trif-uh-guhl)

A force that tends to move objects away from the center in a system undergoing circular motion. Centrifugal force keeps the water in a whirling bucket from spilling or throws a rider in a car against the door when the car goes around a sharp curve. Centrifugal force is actually a form of inertia.


Frankly, I can't see where it's worth my time to argue something that anyone with a basic physics background would just shrug and smile at. There is no "centrifugal force"... what you feel is an object attempting to maintain it's straight-line direction (Newton's First Law, I believe) while you try to contain it in rotational movement. That is not a force that requires a special name, as people mistakenly did for a while.... that is inertia at work. Should we rigorously derive the equations so there's no question?

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Mike Sigman
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