Coriolis Force, Page 4 of 4
Motion relative to the rotating reference frame: This animation shows how the ball still moves in a straight line relative to the “inertial” reference frame, but appears to move along a curved path in the rotating reference frame.
Coriolis facts to remember:
- Viewed standing on the Earth, bodies in motion apparently curve to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern hemisphere.
- The Coriolis effect is strongest at the poles and weakest at the equator
- Can you explain why the Coriois effect would be strongest at the poles and weakest at the equator?
You are finished!