# Centripetal Force: Definition, Formula & Examples

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### ____________ is a force on an object directed to the center of a circular path that keeps the object on the path.

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### 2. Suppose the Space Shuttle orbited the Earth at an altitude of 320 km (an orbital radius of 6,698 km). What tangential velocity was required in order to maintain this orbit?

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Centripetal force is the same force that keeps satellites in orbit and used to separate materials in laboratories. With this worksheet-quiz, test your understanding of centripetal force and calculations of centripetal force.

## Quiz & Worksheet Goals

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• Understanding of what centripetal force is
• Understanding of the relationship between centripetal force and orbits
• Abilities calculating tangential velocity

## Skills Practiced

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• Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding centripetal force and interpret it correctly
• Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of centripetal force
• Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve practice problems about centripetal force