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Homework Help: Help, apple falling/conceptual problem!

  1. Nov 27, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    How does the earth's rotation affect an apple that is dropped from a tree?

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    Er... I'm not 100% sure on this one =/. Does it pull on it as it falls down or something? Help would be MUCH, much appreciated, thank you!
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  3. Nov 27, 2007 #2
  4. Nov 27, 2007 #3
    How does the apple move relative to the earth? I mean when the earth spins does the apple move with the earth or does it stay put while the earth revolves?
  5. Nov 27, 2007 #4
    I'm not sure, that was just one of the conceptual problems on the worksheet we got for reviewing the last few chapters (since finals are coming up) =/
  6. Nov 28, 2007 #5
    Well turns out that the apple isn't effected in the normal sense. The apple moves with the earth. I mean if you throw a ball up it comes back down in almost the exact spot you threw it into the air, the same applies to the apple.
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