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### Subject: Is there an equation to define the parabola caused by circular motion?

Date: **Mon Jan 30 20:50:47 2006**

Posted by **Nathan**

Grade level: **10-12**
School: **St. Louis University High School**

City: **St. Louis** State/Province: **MO**
Country: **U.S.A.**

Area of science: **Physics**

ID: **1138679447.Ph**

**Message:**

When a fluid is in uniform circular motion, a parabola is formed. Is there an
equation which allows you to derive the equation of the parabola formed, if you
know all of the components of the centripetal force? (i.e. mass, velocity, and
radius) I have not yet taken calculus, so if there is an algebraic solution that
would be helpful. However, if the only plausible solution is found via calculus,
I'd like to take a shot at understanding the mathematics behind it, if you
wouldn't mind explaining them. Thanks!

Re: Is there an equation to define the parabola caused by circular motion?

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