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Gary Christopher
12-11-2000, 12:31 AM
In teaching and studying Biomechanics I have used three textbooks, all of which mention, and then try to justify, the existence of centrifugal force. Yet if I check my physics book it tells me flat out that there is no such thing. What is the biomechanics community's take on the subject?

Just so you know my personal leanings, I don't put any stock in its existence, so I'm left trying to convince my students why I'm right and their textbook is wrong.

If we all believe Newton's Second Law of Motion, we should be able to easily determine that the so-called "centrifugal force" is, in fact, fantasy. If we believe Newton's Second Law, we should scoff at the notion of a force that does not have an accompanying acceleration.

As is customary, I will post a summary of responses. Please reply directly to my email: gac6@email.byu.edu

Gary Christopher
Brigham Young University

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