inertial force

An inertial force is a force produced by the reaction of a body to an accelerating force, equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to the accelerating force. An inertial force lasts only as long as the accelerating force does.


It is also a force that must be added to the equations of motion when Newton's laws are used in a rotating or otherwise accelerating frame of reference. It is sometimes described as a fictional force because when the same motion is solved in the frame of the external world, the inertial force does not appear.