# Homework Help: Derive the terrestrial equation of motion in the body-fixed frame

1. Jan 24, 2014

### richyw

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Assume that the center of mass of the earth moves with approximately constant velocity with respect to the fixed stars, and that $\mathbf{\omega}$, the angular velocity of the earth, is constant. Rederive the terrestrial equations of motion
$$\mathbf{F}'+m\mathbf{g}$$$$m\ddot{\mathbf{r}}-2m\mathbf{\omega}\times\dot{\mathbf{r}}$$
By writing Newton's laws in a body-fixed frame with the origin at the surface of the earth.

2. Relevant equations

For a particle with coordinates $\mathbf{r}_0$ in the inertial frame and $\mathbf{r}$ in the body-fixed frame, where the origin of the body fixed frame is at the instantaneous point $\mathbf{a}$ with respect to the inertial frame.
$$\mathbf{r}_0 = \mathbf{a}+\mathbf{r}$$

3. The attempt at a solution

I'm pretty confused on where to start here. I know that in the inertial frame $\mathbf{F}=m\mathbf{A}$. Could anyone help get me started, or point me towards some literature on this?

2. Jan 24, 2014

### richyw

wait I think I just arrived at the first equation.

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