Circular Motion

Circular Motion

and Other Applications of

Newton's Second Law

Fc = m v2 / r

The net force on an object moving in a circle provides the centripetal force,

Fc = m v2 / r,

necessary to keep an object moving in a circle.

Uniform Circular Motion
Flat Curve
Banked Curve


Nonuniform Circular Motion
Accelerated Reference Frames

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