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Jul13-03, 11:01 PM
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Originally posted by mitch bass
can someone please compare and contrast the phenomenon of the centripetal force versus the centrifugal force.
First off, there is no such animal as the Centrifugal force or the Centripetal force, there are merely centrifugal and centripetal forces.

Centrifugal means " to flee the center" and Centripetal means "to seek the center"

They are just terms used to decribe whether any given force acts towards or away from a center.