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        Centripetal Force

        To try to understand the physics behind an object moving in a circle, we can consider an object whose motion follows the shape of a polygon. In this animation a ball bounces off the sides of the circle or polygon, and the number of sides double, until we get what appears to be a circle with a force on the ball that is constant in size and always directed towards the center.

        Learn more at Animations for Physics and Astronomy.

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