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Illustration Centripetal acceleration on a body in a circular motion

<span>Centripetal acceleration on a body in a circular motion</span>
Centripetal acceleration - circular motion

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On a body moving with a constant velocity \(\boldsymbol{v}\) on a circular path, the centripetal force acts to the center of the circle. According to Newton's axiom \( \boldsymbol{F} = m \boldsymbol{a} \), the centripetal acceleration \( \boldsymbol{a}\) also points in the same direction as the force.

The velocity of the body is tangential to the circular motion, i.e. perpendicular to the centripetal acceleration.