# Circular motion

Good afternoon!
Exercise: Prove that if a body moves under the action of a force F = k⋅u × v, where u is an arbitrary unit vector and v the velocity, the motion is circular with angular velocity ω = k ⋅ u or, in a more general case, a spiral parallel to u.

Source: (Alonso & Finn: Fundamental university physics)

I attempted to prove that F is a central force, so that the angular momentum is constant. Is that wrong?

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vela
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Would showing F is a central force buy you anything? The force of the Sun on a planet is a central force. but the orbits aren't circular.

haruspex
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I attempted to prove that F is a central force
That won't do it. F = k.v would satisfy that. Get an equation for the acceleration.

Thank you for your responses! In order to prove that it's motion is circular wouldn't it be sufficient to prove that ω is constant?
Could you "boost" me a bit?

haruspex