(this is a homework question)

To this, I would say that the centrifugal force is just the reactionary force of the centripetal force, which is causing the hammer to 'want' to move away.

Therefore, I would say that there is always a centrifugal force as it is just a reactionary force to centripetal force (even though its fictitious)

Basically, I want to know if this was correct. I have done some other reading, and I was wondering if the centrifugal force was instead caused by the tension on the string when the athlete was swinging the hammer around?


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  • $\begingroup$ Hi Hugh, and welcome to Physics Stack Exchange! It seems that you have an answer already, so what is it that you want to ask? $\endgroup$ – David Z Mar 22 '15 at 11:50
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    $\begingroup$ @David Z : I cant understand how this is a homework question. $\endgroup$ – Paul Mar 22 '15 at 11:55
  • $\begingroup$ How does he experience the centrifugal force? What object applies that force on him? $\endgroup$ – Hugh Martini Mar 22 '15 at 11:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Paul because the question starts off by saying "(this is a homework question)". I also could have closed it (the first version, prior to the edit) as "unclear what you're asking". $\endgroup$ – David Z Mar 22 '15 at 11:59
  • $\begingroup$ @HughMartini The string tension is the centripetal force, yes. It points towards the center of the circular motion. As you say, the centrifugal force is non-existant. It is simply the feeling you have, when you are dragged by the centripetal force the opposite way - your body wants to stay where it is (because of its mass / inertia). $\endgroup$ – Steeven Mar 22 '15 at 12:04