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Homework Help: Centripetal Force in Space

  1. Feb 11, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Could centripetal force be used to create a sort of artificial gravity aboard the space station?
    If so, how would you go about this?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    At first I wanted to say yes, but how fast would the space station have to rotate to generate enough acceleration? And wouldn't the acceleration come from every direction pointing towards the center of the circular motion? And wouldn't this make the person stuck in the very center of the station, and not able to walk on the ground of the station? Sorry if my questions are poorly worded.
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  3. Feb 11, 2014 #2
    Have you seen movie "Elysium"?
  4. Feb 11, 2014 #3
    No I haven't, I've heard it's pretty cool though! If I watched it would it help me understand?
  5. Feb 11, 2014 #4
  6. Feb 11, 2014 #5
    Ohhh so centripetal force wouldn't work? You would use centrifugal force?
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