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Homework Help: Coriolis Force

  1. Sep 21, 2006 #1
    If a baseball player throws a ball a horizontal distance of 100 m at 30degrees latitude in 4s, by how much is it deflected laterally as a result of the rotation of the earth?

    Well I think i use the equation f = -2Ω u sinΦ where Ω is 7.29x10-5 but i am not sure where all of the variables would go. Please help
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  3. Sep 21, 2006 #2


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    I don't think you have enough information to answer the question. The Coriolis force would have a varying effect, depending on what direction the player threw the ball (i.e. N/S vs. E/W).
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