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ConceptDynamics of Uniform Circular Motion - Centripetal Force

Question

Consider the circular motion of the earth around the sun. Which of the following statements is more appropriate ?

(a) Gravitational attraction of the sun on the earth is equal to the centripetal force.
(b) Gravitational attraction of the sun on the earth is the centripetal force.

Solution

(a) Gravitational attraction of the Sun on the Earth is equal to the centripetal force. This statement is more appropriate.

Gravitational attraction of the Sun on the Earth provides the necessary centripetal force required for the circular motion of the Earth around the Sun.

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