centripetal acceleration


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centripetal acceleration

(sen-trip -ă-t'l) See centripetal force.

centripetal acceleration

[‚sen′trip·əd·əl ik‚sel·ə′rā·shən]
(mechanics)
The radial component of the acceleration of a particle or object moving around a circle, which can be shown to be directed toward the center of the circle. Also known as radial acceleration.
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It is customary when deriving the formula for centripetal acceleration to use velocity vectors directly.
At this stage, Clark calculated that their bodies undergo centripetal accelerations reaching 10 g - a force equivalent to 10 times the gravitational pull of Earth.