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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1. Which of the following is NOT required to calculate centripetal force?

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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About This Quiz & Worksheet

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

Use these assessments to test your:

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

Skills Practiced

Use these assessments to also test additional skills:

  • 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

Additional Learning

Review the lesson, Centripetal Force: Definition, Formula & Examples, to improve your understanding of the material covered by these assessments. When reviewing the lesson complete the lesson objectives to:

  • Define centripetal force and tangential velocity
  • Calculate centripetal force
  • Gain an understanding of the centripetal forces of orbits and centrifuges