The Centripetal Force Requirement: Definition, Examples & Problems


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What is a centripetal force?

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1. If the centripetal force on an object moving in a circle suddenly turned off, what would happen to the object?

2. An object is in orbit around the Earth. What is the agent of the centripetal force keeping it in orbit?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments will examine your grip on the definition of centripetal force, its effects on objects, centripetal force and Earth's orbit, and examples of centripetal force.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This practice will target your understanding of:

  • What centripetal force is
  • The effect of turning centripetal force off
  • Calculating friction
  • Components of centripetal force

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about force in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding friction
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about centripetal force

Additional Learning

You have the opportunity to learn more about centripetal force with the related lesson The Centripetal Force Requirement: Definition, Examples & Problems. This lesson will guide you on topics like:

  • Newton's First Law
  • Centripetal force's real-world examples
  • The equation for centripetal force