Tombe, Frederick David
May 12, 2019
centrifugal force, inertial forces, geometry, gravity
The modern teaching is that centrifugal force only exists as a fictitious force in a rotating frame of reference, and that the only force acting in an inertial frame of reference when a body undergoes circular motion is an inward acting centripetal force. On the contrary however, it is here proposed that a rotating frame of reference, rather than creating a fictitious centrifugal force, actually masks the existence of a very real inertial centripetal force that has gone unrecognized in the literature. When the books are correctly balanced, it will be demonstrated that centrifugal force is a real force, closely related to kinetic energy, and observable in any frame of reference.