# Centripetal or centrifugal?

1. Sep 26, 2013

### laurenbaboran

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

13. Why does the water in a washing machine escape through the little holes during the spin cycle?
a The water is flung out of the clothes by the centripetal force.
b The water is flung out of the washer by the centrifugal force.
c The water is sucked out of the little holes by the washer.
d The washer cannot force the water into a circle because of the holes.

2. Relevant equations

I believe it's either a or b.

3. The attempt at a solution
I can't narrow it down between the tow. Help is very appreciated!

2. Sep 26, 2013

### laurenbaboran

nvm I got it!

3. Sep 26, 2013

### rude man

BTW don't let anyone tell you that the term 'centrifugal force' is wrong. Richard Feynman used it in his (recently posted) lecture series, and he kind of knew his physics.

4. Sep 26, 2013

### rcgldr

Shouldn't the answer be "d"? If the outer tub is draining, then the holes on the inner tub above the outer tub water line can't produce a centripetal force on the water, and the water's momentum causes it to flow through the holes into the outer tub.

5. Sep 26, 2013

### rude man

That's my vote too, for what it's worth.