The Reality of Centrifugal Force

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Centrifugal force is a well-known concept. It is the familiar outward acting force that is induced in rotating systems. It has many practical applications in engineering, and its mathematical formula plays a crucial role in planetary orbital analysis. It is important therefore to investigate why the physics establishment shies away from embracing this concept to the full. We hear talk about centrifugal force not being a real force, or that it is merely an equal and opposite reaction to a centripetal force, or that it only exists in a rotating frame of reference, or that it doesn’t exist at all. This attitude will now be investigated in full.