Enter the mass, tangential velocity, and radius of an object undergoing rotational motion to calculate the centrifugal force acting on that object.

Centrifugal Force Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the centrifugal force acting on an object.

F = m * v^2 / r

  • Where F is the centrifugal force (Newtons)
  • m is the mass (kg)
  • v is the velocity
  • r is the radius

In this equation the velocity is the tangential velocity, however, the angular velocity can be used as well. Instead, use the angular velocity and multiply it by the radius to calculate the tangential velocity. A centrifugal force always acts perpendicular to the motion of an object. This force causes acceleration, also known as angular acceleration.

Centrifugal Force Definition

A centrifugal force is defined as the force acting directly perpendicular to an object in rotational movement.

How to calculate centrifugal force?

How to calculate a centrifugal force.

  1. First, determine the mass.

    Measure the mass of the rotating object.

  2. Next, determine the velocity.

    Calculate the tangential velocity.

  3. Next, measure the radius.

    Determine the radius of rotation.

  4. Finally, calculate the centrifugal force.

    Using the formula above, calculate the force.

FAQ

What is a centrifugal force?

A centrifugal force is defined as the force acting directly perpendicular to an object in rotational movement.

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