Centrifugal Force

Do your students ever confuse centripetal force and centrifugal force? Here is a video that addresses exactly that concept. The video uses a tether ball as a demonstration of the various forces at play.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Share this comic about centrifugal force: https://xkcd.com/123/
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires prior knowledge of inertia and Newton's first law
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Pros

  • Addresses an extremely common misconception that drives many physics teachers crazy
  • Clear diagrams and visual aids help clarify the concepts
Cons

  • None
Common Core