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When you spin a ball on a string in a centrifugal motion, why is the direction "towards the center" because when you spin it, its just a circle not going in?

Question #109961. Asked by dj168. (Oct 19 09 11:48 PM)

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The direction of the force that creates the circular motion is towards the center (called centripetal force). If there were no force pulling the ball sideways, it would travel in a straight line. The velocity of the ball is directed along a tangent to the circle, in the direction in which it is traveling at any instant. (If your string breaks, the ball keeps moving in a straight line, and the circle is broken.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_circular_motion

 Oct 20 09, 1:31 AM

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