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I Coriolis effect deflects falling objects eastwards to westwards?

  1. Apr 8, 2016 #1
    According to (4.93), it should be eastwards.

    But intuitively, shouldn't it be westwards since the earth is rotating from west to east?

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  3. Apr 8, 2016 #2


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    Intuitively it goes faster (in m/s) at a higher point (##v=\omega r##) than at a lower point. So it gets "ahead"!
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