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Centripetal Acceleration: Definition, Formula & Example

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Which of the following objects are not undergoing centripetal acceleration?

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1. In constant-speed circular motion, what is the direction of the centripetal acceleration?

2. How do we know that an object moving in circular motion must be accelerating?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the characteristics of centripetal acceleration. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding how to identify objects undergoing centripetal acceleration as well as knowing the direction of the centripetal acceleration in constant-speed circular motion.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Identifying objects undergoing centripetal acceleration
  • Direction of centripetal acceleration in constant-speed circular motion
  • How to know that an object moving in a circular motion must be accelerating
  • What happens when centripetal acceleration is removed
  • Finding the centripetal acceleration given a velocity and radius

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related characteristics of centripetal acceleration lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the characteristics of centripetal acceleration and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of centripetal acceleration

Additional Learning

To learn more about objects moving in a circle having an acceleration vector pointed towards the center, review the corresponding lesson Centripetal Acceleration: Definition, Formula & Example. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the idea behind scalar
  • Identify the direction of centripetal acceleration in constant-speed circular motion
  • Know how to identify objects undergoing centripetal acceleration
  • Learn how to know that an object moving in a circular motion must be accelerating
  • Appreciate what happens when centripetal acceleration is removed
  • Understand how to find the centripetal acceleration given a velocity and radius
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