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Uniform Circular Motion Background theory?

  1. Mar 5, 2015 #1
    Hi Guys, new poster here.

    I am currently doing a practical report on Uniform Circular Motion, where we had to swing a rubber stopper around attached to a length of string and mass.

    I have to do a write up, including the background theory. I have searched everywhere but I have found no clear answers as to when the equations involved, such as a = v^2/r and F = mv^2/r, were discovered and derived. I am pretty sure Newton plays a big part, but I only find his 3 laws.

    Please help :D
     
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  3. Mar 5, 2015 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Welcome to PF;
    Are you sure "background theory" means the historical background?

    Have you tried googling for "history circular motion"?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_classical_mechanics
    ... anyway, the reference you want is: Newton I. (1687) Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
    The key background point is from Newton's laws of motion - look carefull at how the first applies to uniform circular motion. iirc PNPM has a derivation of centripetal force.

    Apparently following from Huygens C. (1673) ... but cannot find the publication.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christiaan_Huygens
     
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