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Illustration Centripetal force acts on the body in a circular motion

<span>Centripetal force acts on the body in a circular motion</span>
Centripetal force when moving in a circle
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A mass point with the mass \( m \) (e.g. planet, elementary particle, car) is held by the centripetal force \( F_{\text z} \) on a circular orbit with the radius \( r \). The centripetal force always points to the center of the circle. The velocity \( v \) of the mass point shows tangential to the circular path and is therefore perpendicular to the centripetal force.