Re: [OFFTOPIC] Re: linux kernel hackers discover new theory of

Peter Svensson (
Fri, 4 Dec 1998 11:06:34 +0100 (CET)

On Fri, 4 Dec 1998, Jonas Munsin wrote:

> No it's not. Your "centrifugal force" is something you invent when you (quite
> wrongly) treat an accelerating reference frame as an inertial one. I strongly
> suggest you go look up centripetal and centrifugal force in any first-year
> university book on physics (University Physics - Benson, page 105 in the
> revisited edition is one place to start) before continuing this arguement.

Actually, there is nothing wrong with using a rotating reference frame.
There are some differences from an inertial one (e.g. the apperance of a
centrifugal force) but both are valid and workable. Rotating (semi)rigid
objects can often be treated more easily in a rotating reference frame.

This is way off topic btw. :)


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