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Name the force that is used to dry clothes in a washing machine.


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Centrifugal Force:

  1. Centrifugal force is that force in a circular motion that acts along the radius and is directed away from the centre of the circle.
  2. Centrifugal Force acts along the radius in an outward direction and hence can be used to throw the water molecules on the clothes radially outwards during the spinning of the washing machine.
  3. When a car in motion takes a sudden turn towards the left, passengers in a car experience an outward push to the right. This is also because of the centrifugal force acting on passengers.
  4. A bucket full of water is rotated in a vertical circle at a particular speed, so that water does not fall is also because of centrifugal force.

Thus, centrifugal force is responsible for drying the clothes in a washing machine.


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