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Uniform Circular Motion

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Uniform Circular Motion


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You get to learn about circular motion through the real-life example of a Ferris wheel in motion. Then study harmonic motion by experimenting with the pendulum of a clock.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain the accelerated motion of an object moving in a circle at constant speed.
  • Understand motion in two dimensions.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What is centripetal force?

Centripetal force is the force that is toward the center of the circular rotation. It acts upon an object in order for the object to move in uniform circular motion. It is also known as center-seeking force.

In uniform circular motion, what are the period and the frequency?

The period is the time it takes an object to make one complete rotation or revolution. The frequency is the number of revolutions made in one second.

A carriage on a Ferris wheel moves one-eighth the distance around the Ferris wheel in one second. How should the frequency be written algebraically?

Frequency =

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define the following terms: centripetal acceleration, centripetal force, and circular motion.
Course Physics
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary centripetal acceleration, centripetal force, circular motion