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If i had a point mass moving with a velocity V in a certain direction (with constant speed), and a constant acceleration (or force) was acting perpendicular to it's velocity vector. From my understanding, the point mass' speed will not change, however it will begin to take a circular path?

Now how would I trace the path the point takes if the acceleration was no longer constant but was time varying?

For example, if the acceleration acting perpendicular to velocity vector was a*sin(wt). Is there a simple way of showing the path the point mass would take if it's speed remains constant?

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