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Why is there no such thing as centrifugal force?



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That is because this "force" appears only if you are in a rotating frame of reference. If you were in an inertial frame this force can be understood as inertia. Therefore the centrifugal force is a pseudo force, and not a real force. An inertial frame is one which is at rest with respect to the the distant stars. A frame moving uniformly with respect to such a frame is also an inertial frame of reference.

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