One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A force, arising from the body's inertia, which appears to act on a body moving in a circular path and is directed away from the centre around which the body is moving.
- ‘So I told my aikido students that they must use centripetal force, not centrifugal force.’
- ‘The first lesson in astrophysics, however, is that every cosmic phenomenon is governed by competing effects - in this case, gravity, centrifugal forces, and friction.’
- ‘In a high-pressure cell, the pressure-gradient force and the centrifugal force act in the same direction, which is radially outward.’
- ‘He had also discovered the law giving the centrifugal force on a body moving uniformly in a circular path.’
- ‘As this plasma is driven outwards into the magnetosphere, by centrifugal force, Jupiter's magnetic field sweeps through it, electromagnetically forcing it to rotate along with the planet.’
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