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Homework Help: Angular Momentum of the earth at the equator

  1. Oct 20, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    For a 98 kg person standing at the equator, what is the magnitude of the angular momentum about Earth's center due to Earth's rotation? Assume the Earth has a radius of 6.4 x 106 m.

    2. Relevant equations

    Angular Momentum = rmv * sin(theta)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    r= 6.4*10^6 m
    m = 98kg
    Vangular (of earth) = 7.27*10^5 rad/s

    I multiplied these 3 values together and got 45597.44 kgm^2/s as my answer but it's wrong. Do I have to incorporate anything about the sin of the angle into my equation (I figured it would just be sin(90) = 1 though...)? I don't know what else to do :\
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  3. Oct 21, 2008 #2


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    Hi vesperaka,

    This number does not look right to me. You have units of radians per second, and so the angular velocity of the earth is 7.27*10^(-5) rad/s.

    But this is not the v that is in your equation (it does not have the same units, for example). So you need to either find the speed v from this angular velocity, or use an equation for the angular momentum that has the angular velocity in it.
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