Introduction to circular motion

Circular motion


This simulation shows what circular motion looks like. Observe the relationship between period, radius and linear velocity.

Change of velocity in circular motion


This animation shows the change of the velocity vector in a circular motion. Click on the boxes of the different steps (1, 2...) and observe the results.

Centripetal acceleration


This animation shows the velocity and acceleration vectors in a circular motion.

Circular acceleration


Car in a circular motion


When a car moves in a circular motion, centripetal force is generated by friction with the surface. On a wet surface, the friction is reduced, the car will tend to move outwards.
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