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Homework Help: Object in box spinning

  1. Oct 6, 2009 #1
    If you are inside a box that is spinning, can u detect its motion?

    At first i was thinking you cant the same way as if the box is moving forward.

    However, I was thinking that moving in a straight line involves one vector while spinning creates different ones so that you CAN detect your motion.

    Can someone help me understand this? Thanks in advance for your time!
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  3. Oct 6, 2009 #2


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    Rotation is not inertial motion. You can easily detect your rotation.

    Or at least, you will experience forces that could be explained by rotation. There might be other explanations.
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