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In Newtonian mechanics, the centrifugal force is an inertial force directed away from the axis of rotation that appears to act on all objects when viewed in a rotating frame of reference.
For example, if a ball is being swung at the end of a rope of length then the magnitude of the centrifugal force needed to counter balance the centripetal force is given by
- is the mass of the ball at the end of the rope;
- is the length of the rope;
- is the speed with which the ball is moving.
Centrifugal force is the force that makes objects move outwards when they are spinning around something or traveling in a curve.