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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
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  3. Apr 27, 2008 #2


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    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.
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  5. Apr 27, 2008 #4


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    The Coriolis force is proportional to vector velocity, which changes sign.
    You can also see this using conservation of angular momentum.
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