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Homework Help: Coriolis forces: finding the coriolis acceleration and applying it to a situation

  1. Nov 29, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    An airplane is flying due east along the 30 degree north latitude circle at 800 km/hr. Determine the magnitude and direction of the Coriolis acceleration acting on it. If the Coriolis acceleration is not compensated for, how far off course will the airplane be after one hour (assuming the plane is traveling east instant-by-instant, and maintains a constant altitude)?

    2. Relevant equations

    Right Hand Rule

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011
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  3. Nov 29, 2011 #2


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