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Issue of sematics

  1. Aug 12, 2008 #1
    I know a reference frame moving at constant velocity is a inertial reference frame.

    Is a reference frame that is accelerating non-inertial?

    What is the name for an accelerating reference frame? (inertial?, non-inertial?, ...is there a special name for it?)
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 13, 2008 #2
    Yes, accelerating is non-inertial (no special name from what I know)
  4. Aug 13, 2008 #3
    But yet an apparent force that appears in the non-inertial frame due to its acceleration is sometimes called an inertial force. :devil:

    (Sorry to the OP if this is confusing, it's just one of those semantics things that bothered me at first when I was first learning about non-inertial frames. Anyone agree?)
  5. Aug 13, 2008 #4
    I do agree. Lets just start calling them non-inertial forces and see if it catches on.
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