Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Coriolis force

  1. Apr 27, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    See question 3. I am really stuck trying to answer part c. I looked over the solutions to parts a and b and I really just cannot figure out what is going on. This is very weird.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 27, 2008 #2


    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    a rotating frame is not an inertial reference frame
  4. Apr 27, 2008 #3
    thanks, but I really don't see how that answers the question

    In fact, I think that Marion and Thornton make an error in their book. There is no reason why the deflections should be in different directions. Does anyone have the book? If not, I can scan the relevant section which is like 2 pages long if someone agrees to read it.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2008
  5. Apr 27, 2008 #4


    User Avatar

    The Coriolis force is proportional to vector velocity, which changes sign.
    You can also see this using conservation of angular momentum.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook