$60,000.00 question

  1. Does the Earth rotate clockwise or counterclockwise?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Depend's on where you're looking at it from. Looking down on it above the North Pole, it's counterclockwise. Above the South Pole, it's clockwise.
     
  4. To Check

    You got it! The Earth is rotating both clockwise and counterclockwise depending on which pole you are looking at.
     
  5. Nice. Now when do I get my $60,000?
     
  6. chroot

    chroot 10,427
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    Is this supposed to be a difficult question or something?

    - Warren
     
  7. Difficult or not, I want my $60,000!
     
  8. russ_watters

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    You're all wrong - it rotates west to east.
     
  9. Phobos

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    As a forum moderator, I get a 10% cut of this deal.
     
  10. Diificult question???

    The question is not difficult if you think about it. The question was meant to catch people off guard who jump to conclusions. Anothe question is what president is on the one hundred dollar bill and the answer is no president. Not a difficult question if you think about but one that can easily be missed by reaching for what appears to be the obvious (quit breaking your arm patting yourself on the back) As for the 64 grand... I owe money to a list of people as long as my arm... sorry but get in line:)
     
  11. chroot

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    In the future, please place "brain teaser" type questions -- even if, like this one, they barely even tickle the mind -- in the Brain Teasers forum.

    - Warren
     
  12. Phobos

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    At least to the luminaries at PF.
    'Tis scary how many layfolk have no clue about it.
     
  13. Gokul43201

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    Who said the Earth rotates ? Hogwash !

    The Earth is a pentagon with 6 corners swimming on the surface of a torus (which is something like a bull, I believe).

    www.flat-earth.org/
     
  14. Njorl

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    All my clocks are digital, so nothing rotates clockwise. I now refer to things rotating toiletwise or counter-toiletwise. This becomes confusing when I converse with those on the other side of the equator.

    Njorl
     
  15. We do have a laugh, don't we? :biggrin:

    The Bob
     
  16. chroot

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    Njorl,

    Unless your southern friends buy their toilets from the same company as you.

    - Warren
     
  17. boy, am I about to sound like a dumbass

    well, considering that most people here seem to think this an absurdly easy question, I may be in for some ridiculing, but here goes : 1) I assume that the earth itself (the phsyical land mass) moves in only on direction -- if not, then I'm screwed and give up, (2) as to why it would appear to be moving different directions, I can only hazard a guess -- please tell me if I am right : the earth is a sphere and so narrows as one approaches the poles; the earth will have the greatest speed where it is widest -- that is, at the equator, and have speeds diminishing equally on both sides of the equator as one approaches the poles (narrower earth = less distance covered in same time (one day) = slower speed) --> air leaving the equator will maintain the eastward speed it had at the equator, but, as the earth slows, will appear to be moving faster eastward than the earth --> thus, looking straight on at the earth, all air moving north or south will be deflected to on'e right side (if one drew a line from the equator the north it would go right; if one drew from the equator to the south, it would go right) --> looking down at the right curving air (that is, looking from the north), it will appear to be turning left (counterclockwise) --> looking up at the right curving air (that is, looking up from the south), the air will appear to be moving right (clockwise). Is this correct ?
    -->merc
     
  18. Gokul43201 that really is a funny organization
     
  19. Gokul43201

    Gokul43201 11,141
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    Hmmm...not really. This really has nothing to do with winds or with the shape of the Earth. Take any object spinning about some axis. Look at this object from one end of the axis and then from the other....and you'll see !
     
  20. oh hell I'm stupid

    I can be really friggin obtuse sometimes; in my whole lengthy explanation, I ended up saying that the winds move the same direction (the direction that the earth is spinning) and that that same direction looks different depending on how you are oriented -- what I failed to realize is that if I just said the earth is rotating one direction and looks different depending on how you are oriented, it would be the same thing.
    punching myself for always making things more complicated,
    -->merc
     
  21. chroot

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    Take a wall clock in your hands. Look at the direction the hands of the clock are moving -- clockwise, of course. Now turn it around, so you're looking at the back of it. Visualize which way the hands are moving. Notice that it's counter-clockwise when seen from the back.

    - Warren
     
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