Thinking Physics@TheCulture #2

Thinking@TheCulture is a series of questions that we, as tutors feel that are useful in helping students think and improve their understanding.

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Assuming an object is moving in a circular motion in a polar coordinate system given by x = r \text{cos} \theta and y = r \text{sin} \theta. Can you derive the formula of the centripetal acceleration? Hint: look at one of the axes and think of the direction and what is centripetal acceleration

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