# Homework Help: Find angular speed of a point on the earth

1. Dec 11, 2005

### suspenc3

what is the angular speed $$\Omega$$ about the polar axis of a point on earths surface at a latitude of $$40^o$$

I know that the radius of the earth is $$6.37 x 10^6m$$

I also know that the earth rotates about this axis ($$40^o$$)

What do I do?

2. Dec 12, 2005

### mezarashi

This is geometry. Draw a circle, and mark an angle of 40 degrees (this is equivalent to lattitude of 40). What is the x component? This is the component that 'effectively' participates in the circular motion.

Edit: If it's the angular velocity you are looking for, you'll find that it will be the same regardless of lattitude.

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