 # In a circular motion, why does a particle when released moves tangentially ???

10 years ago

Hi

The uniform circular motion represents the basic form of rotational motion in the same manner as uniform linear motion represents the basic form of translational motion. They, however, are different with respect to the requirement of force to maintain motion.
Uniform linear motion is the reflection of the inherent natural tendency of all natural bodies. This motion by itself is the statement of Newton’s first law of motion : an object keeps moving with its velocity unless there is net external force. Thus, uniform linear motion indicates “absence” of force.
On the other hand, uniform circular motion involves continuous change in the direction of velocity without any change in its magnitude (v). A change in the direction of velocity is a change in velocity (v). It means that an uniform circular motion is associated with an acceleration and hence force. Thus, uniform circular motion indicates “presence” of force.