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Homework Help: Basketball on a merry-go-round

  1. Nov 25, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Consider children playing on a merry-go-round that is 6m in diameter, turning at 10 revolutions per minute. What will be the Coriolis force observed on a 600-gram basketball thrown with a horizontal speed of 5m/s? It is thrown between two children on opposite ends of a diameter. By how much does it miss its mark due to this Coriolis force?

    2. Relevant equations

    F(cor) = -2mw x v1

    w is the angular velocity and v1 is the velocity of the noninertial (i think)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I first changed w to rad/sec then plugged in everything. Is this how to find the coriolis force? what about the displacement?
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