fictitious force

fictitious force

noun Physics.
any force that is postulated to account for apparent deviations from newton's laws of motion appearing in an accelerated reference system.
Also called pseudo force.
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fictitious force

any force invoked by an observer to maintain the validity of Isaac Newton's second law of motion in a reference frame that is rotating or otherwise accelerating at a constant rate. For specific inertial forces, see centrifugal force; Coriolis force; d'Alembert's principle.

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