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Dec1712, 12:35 AM

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Dear all
I have a question concerning the Coriolis acceleration expression. I learnt it as Ac = 2ω x v, where ω is the vector which indicates the rotation axis direction of Earth and v the velocity of a body that I want to check the Coriolis effect on. My question: where the minus sign comes from? As far as I understand, it depends on what reference frame I use (inertial or non inertial  the minus comes from the latter, like the Earth, in my conception). Am I correct? Thanks in advance! 


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Dec1712, 03:48 AM

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2ω x v = 2v x ω 


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Dec1712, 01:17 PM

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The minus sign is there because humans made the arbitrary decision to use righthanded coordinate systems rather than left handed ones.
The Coriolis force is just a consequece of Newton's laws of motion. The physics doesn't depend on what frame you use to describe it, or whether the frame is inertial or noninertial. The details of the math depend on those things, but "the map is not the country", and similarly "the math is not the phyiscs". 


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Dec1712, 02:32 PM

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Coriolis force  Question about sign
(btw, this is a duplicate thread to http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=659387) 


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