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Bathtub Vortex

  1. May 17, 2010 #1
    Why does a sphere in a bathtub vortex spin - but a sphere in a faucet remain still ?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 21, 2010 #2
    The statement is false. The question is: do you have angular momentum? If you leave the water to rest for an hour usually there is no spinning. If you give a little swirl to the water in the sink before you let it out, you can probably force it to start spinning.

    Bathtubs have larger dimensions, you a smaller angular momentum of the water is enough. Oh and forget about the Coriolis force. Australian bathtubs are no different than European ones.
     
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