Friday, March 18, 2005

Centripetal & Centrifugal

Anonymous asked:
What do centripetal forces and centrifugal forces do?



Swampgrowth
answered:
Centripetal force moves us towards the center. Gravitation is an example of centripetal force. Centrifugal force moves us away from the center. The thrust created by a rocket engine is an example of centrifugal force. To take the example one step further, rockets manage to escape the Earth's gravitational pull (centripetal force) by creating a greater counteracting thrust (centrifugal force).