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Tangential Acceleration

Tangential Acceleration

Submitted by • July 12, 2012 physics.tutorvista.com

At any point on a circle, you can pick two special directions: The direction that points directly away from the center of the circle (along the radius) is called radial direction, and the direction that’s perpendicular to this is called the tangential direction. Consider a particle which is moving along a curved or circular. When an object moves in a curved path, the magnitude and direction of the velocity of the object change. Direction of the velocity at any point on the circular path is in the direction of the tangent at that point. But direction of the acceleration at any point is not in the same direction of the tangent at that point.

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