# In the case of a ball swinging in circular motion on a rope, w/out gravity or air resistance, what is the force pulling outward on the rope? [duplicate]

I'm thinking it is either the tension due to the ball, or the ball's centrifugal force. But the thing is, are these two forces the same in the conditions I've set (no gravity, no air resistance)?

After all, the centripetal force would be due to the tension on the ball from the rope. Since the centrifugal force is essentially the opposite of the centripetal force, then it would be equal to the tension on the rope from the ball, right?

• F=ma and as the ball is constantly changing velocity due to direction change it must have an a. So the F that is pulling is due to the ball's acceleration. May 1 '19 at 0:57
• You are making a distinction between "tension due to the ball on the rope" and "tension due to the rope on the ball" when in reality these are the same thing. There is just tension. Especially if you are looking at the ball. It has a tension force acting on it. That is it May 1 '19 at 1:13