Centripetal Force Formula

Centripetal Force Formula

A force that acts on a body moving in a circular path and directed towards the centre around which the body is moving is called Centripetal force.

When an object travels around a circular path with a constant speed, it experiences an accelerating centripetal force towards the centre.

The equation for centripetal force is as shown below

Centripetal force formula


Fc is the centripetal force

 m is mass

 v is velocity

 r is the radius of the path

Example 1

A van of 1,250 Kg is travelling at 50.0 m/s covers a curve of radius 200 m. calculate the centripetal force.


The given parameters are

mass = 1,250 Kg

radius = 200 m

Velocity = 50.0 m/s

Substitute the values in the given formula

Centripetal Force

Centripetal force formula 1

centripetal force formula 2
Fc =  15,625 N


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