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Homework Help: Angular Momentum Problem, Please Help

  1. Nov 14, 2008 #1
    Angular Momentum Problem, Please Help!!!

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    We can alter equations s=omega*v*t^2 and a_cor= 2omega*v for use on Earth by considering only the component of v perpendicular to the axis of rotation. From the figure (Intro 1 figure) , we see that this is v * cos lambda for a vertically falling object, where lambda is the latitude of the place on the Earth. If a lead ball is dropped vertically from a 200 m-high tower in Florence, Italy latitude 44 how far from the base of the tower is it deflected by the Coriolis force? Caption: Object of mass m falling vertically to Earth at a latitude lambda.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I am quite confused by the Coriolis effect and would appreciate any pointers on how to approach this problem.
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  3. Nov 14, 2008 #2


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    Re: Angular Momentum Problem, Please Help!!!

    Can you use the statement about "v * cos lambda" to modify this expression:

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