Let’s look at how forces interact with objects traveling in a circular path.

Objects traveling on a circular path generally fall into two broad categories, uniform circular motion and non-uniform circular motion. Uniform circular motion is movement that has a constant angular rate of rotation. An example of uniform motion you see in everyday life is a Ferris wheel.

Non-uniform circular motion involves circular movement that has a changing angular rate of rotation. Examples of non-circular motion that you see in everyday life include roller coasters and a car going over a hill.

Begin by visiting the “Physics Classroom” - Circular Motion.

Take notes about the information you learned.