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Motion in a
Noninertial Reference Frame
101. The accelerations which we feel at the surface of the Earth are the following:
(1) Gravitational :
2
980 cm/sec
(2) Due to the Earth’s rotation on its own axis:
( )
( ) ( )
2
2 8
2
8 5
2 rad/day
6.4 10 cm
86400 sec/day
6.4 10 7.3 10 3.4 cm/sec
r
π
ω
−
= × ×
= × × × =
2
(3) Due to the rotation about the sun:
( )
( )
2
2 13
2
5
13 2
2 rad/year
1.5 10 cm
86400 365 sec/day
7.3 10
1.5 10 0.6 cm/sec
365
r
π
ω
−
= × ×
×
×
= × × =
102. The fixed frame is the ground.
y
a θ
x
The rotating frame has the origin at the center of the tire and is the frame in which the tire is at
rest.
From Eqs. (10.24), (10.25):
( ) 2
f f r r
= + + × + × × + × a r r v
ω ω ω ω a R
333
334 CHAPTER 10
Now we have
0
0 0
cos sin
0
f
r r
a a
r
V a
r r
θ θ = − +
= = =
= =
R i
r i v a
k k
ω ω
j
Substituting gives
2
0
cos sin
f
v
a a a
r
θ θ = − + + − a i j j i
(
2
0
cos sin 1
f
v
a
r
θ θ
= − + + +
a i j ) a (1)
We want to maximize
f
a , or alternatively, we maximize
2
f
a :
4 2
2
2 2 2 2 2 2
2
0 0
4 2
2 2 2
2
0 0
2
cos cos 2 sin sin
2
2 cos sin
f
v av
a a a
r r
v av
a a
r r
a θ θ θ
θ θ
= + + + + +
= + + +
a θ
2
2
2
0
0
2
2
cos 2 cos
0 when tan
f
d
av
a
d r
ar
v
θ θ
θ
θ
= − +
= =
a
(Taking a second derivative shows this point to be a maximum.)
2
0
2
2 2 4
0
n implies cos
ar v
v
a r v
θ θ = =
+
ta
and
0
2 2 4
0
sin
ar
a r v
θ =
+
Substituting into (1)
2 2
0
2 2 4 2 2 4
0
0 0
1
f
ar v av
a
r
a r v a r v
= − + + +
+ +
j
a i
This may be written as
2 4 2
0 f
a a v r = + + a
MOTION IN A NONINERTIAL REFERENCE FRAME 335
θ
A
This is the maximum acceleration. The point which experiences this acceleration is at A:
where
0
2
ar
v
tanθ =
103. We desire . From Eq. (10.25) we have
eff
0 = F
( )
eff
2
f r
m m m m = − − × − × × − × r r v
ω ω ω ω F F R
r
0
ω
The only forces acting are centrifugal and friction, thus
2
s
mg m r u ω = , or
2
s
g
r
u
ω
=
104. Given an initial position of (–0.5R,0) the initial velocity (0,0.5ωR) will make the puck
motionless in the fixed system. In the rotating system, the puck will appear to travel clockwise
in a circle of radius 0.5R. Although a numerical calculation of the trajectory in the rotating
system is a great aid in understanding the problem, we will forgo such a solution here.
105. The effective acceleration in the merrygoround is given by Equation 10.27:
2
2 x x y ω ω = + (1)
2
2 y y x ω ω = − (2)
These coupled differential equations must be solved with the initial conditions
( )
0
0 0.5 m x x ≡ = − , ( )
0
0 0 m y y ≡ = , and ( ) ( )
1
0
0 0 2 m s x y v
−
= =
0
v
⋅ , since we are given in the
problem that the initial velocity is at an angle of 45° to the xaxis. We will vary over some
range that we know satisfies the condition that the path cross over . We can start by
looking at Figures 104e and 104f, which indicate that we want . Trial and error
can find a trajectory that does loop but doesn’t cross its path at all, such as
0
v
1
⋅
0.
0 0
( , ) x y
0.47 m > s
−
0
v
1
53 m s
−
= ⋅ .
From here, one may continue to solve for different values of v until the wanted crossing is
eyeballsuitable. This may be an entirely satisfactory answer, depending on the inclinations of
the instructor. An interpolation over several trajectories would show that an accurate answer to
the problem is , which exits the merrygoround at 3.746 s. The figure shows
this solution, which was numerically integrated with 200 steps over the time interval.
0
1
0.512 m s
−
= ⋅
0
v
336 CHAPTER 10
–0.5 0 0.5 1
0.5
0
0.5
x (m)
y
(
m
)
1
–1
–1
106.
z
m
r
z = f(r)
Consider a small mass m on the surface of the water. From Eq. (10.25)
( )
eff
2
f r
m m m r m = − − × − × × − × r v
ω ω ω ω F F R
In the rotating frame, the mass is at rest; thus,
eff
0 = F . The force F will consist of gravity and the
force due to the pressure gradient, which is normal to the surface in equilibrium. Since
, we now have 0
f r
= = = R v
ω
( ) 0
p
m m = + − × × g F r ω ω
where
p
F is due to the pressure gradient.
F
p
mg
mω
2
r
θ′
θ
Since F , the sum of the gravitational and centrifugal forces must also be normal to the
surface.
eff
0 =
Thus θ′ = θ.
2
tan tan
r
g
ω
θ θ = = ′
MOTION IN A NONINERTIAL REFERENCE FRAME 337
but
tan
dz
dr
θ =
Thus
2
2
constant
2
The shape is a circular paraboloid.
z r
g
ω
= +
107. For a spherical Earth, the difference in the gravitational field strength between the poles
and the equator is only the centrifugal term:
2
poles equator
g g R ω − =
For and R = 6370 km, this difference is only 34
5
7.3 10 rad s ω
−
= × ⋅
1 − 2
mm s
−
⋅ . The disagreement
with the true result can be explained by the fact that the Earth is really an oblate spheroid,
another consequence of rotation. To qualitatively describe this effect, approximate the real Earth
as a somewhat smaller sphere with a massive belt about the equator. It can be shown with more
detailed analysis that the belt pulls inward at the poles more than it does at the equator. The
next level of analysis for the undaunted is the “quadrupole” correction to the gravitational
potential of the Earth, which is beyond the scope of the text.
108.
x
y
z
λ
ω
Choose the coordinates x, y, z as in the diagram. Then, the velocity of the particle and the
rotation frequency of the Earth are expressed as
( )
( )
0, 0,
cos , 0, sin
z
ω λ ω λ
=
= −
v
ω
(1)
so that the acceleration due to the Coriolis force is
( ) 2 2 0, cos z ω = − × = − a r ω , 0 λ (2)
338 CHAPTER 10
This acceleration is directed along the y axis. Hence, as the particle moves along the z axis, it
will be accelerated along the y axis:
2 cos y z ω λ = − (3)
Now, the equation of motion for the particle along the z axis is
0
z v gt = − (4)
2
0
1
2
z v t gt = − (5)
where v is the initial velocity and is equal to
0
2gh if the highest point the particle can reach is
h:
0
2 v = gh
c
(6)
From (3), we have
2 cos y z ω λ = − + (7)
but the initial condition ( ) 0 y z = = 0 implies c = 0. Substituting (5) into (7) we find
( )
2
0
2 2
0
1
2 cos
2
cos 2
y v t
gt v t
ω λ
ω λ
 
= − −

\ .
= −
gt
(8)
Integrating (8) and using the initial condition y(t = 0) = 0, we find
2 2
0
1
cos
3
y gt ω λ v t
= −
(9)
From (5), the time the particle strikes the ground (z = 0) is
0
1
0
2
v gt
 
= −

\ .
t
so that
0
2v
t
g
= (10)
Substituting this value into (9), we have
3 2
0 0
0 3 2
3
0
2
8 4 1
cos
3
4
cos
3
v v
y g v
g g
v
g
ω λ
ω λ
= −
= − (11)
If we use (6), (11) becomes
MOTION IN A NONINERTIAL REFERENCE FRAME 339
3
4
cos
3
h
y
g
ω λ = −
8
(12)
The negative sign of the displacement shows that the particle is displaced to the west.
109. Choosing the same coordinate system as in Example 10.3 (see Fig. 109), we see that the
lateral deflection of the projectile is in the x direction and that the acceleration is
( ) ( )
0
2 2 sin cos
x z y
a x v V ω ω λ α = = = (1)
Integrating this expression twice and using the initial conditions, ( ) 0 x 0 = and ( ) 0 x = 0 , we
obtain
( )
2
0
cos sin x t V t ω α = λ (2)
Now, we treat the z motion of the projectile as if it were undisturbed by the Coriolis force. In
this approximation, we have
( )
2
0
1
sin
2
z t V t gt α = − (3)
from which the time T of impact is obtained by setting z = 0:
0
2 sin V
T
g
α
= (4)
Substituting this value for T into (2), we find the lateral deflection at impact to be
( )
3
2 0
2
4
sin cos sin
V
x T
g
ω
λ α = α (5)
1010. In the previous problem we assumed the z motion to be unaffected by the Coriolis
force. Actually, of course, there is an upward acceleration given by 2
x y
v ω − so that
0
2 cos cos z V g ω α λ = − (1)
from which the time of flight is obtained by integrating twice, using the initial conditions, and
then setting z = 0:
0
0
2 sin
2 cos cos
V
T
g V
α
ω α λ
= ′
−
(2)
Now, the acceleration in the y direction is
( ) (
0
2
2 cos sin
y x z
a y v
V ) gt
ω
ω λ α
= =
= − −
(3)
Integrating twice and using the initial conditions, ( )
0
0 cos y V α = and ( ) 0 0 y = , we have
340 CHAPTER 10
( )
3 2
0
1
cos cos sin cos
3
t gt V t V t
0
y ω λ ω λ α α = − + (4)
Substituting (2) into (4), the range R′ is
( ) ( )
3 3 3 3 2
0 0 0
3 2
0
0 0
sin cos 4 sin cos 2 cos cos 8
3 2
2 cos cos 2 cos cos
V g V V
R
g V
g V g V
cos cos
ω α λ ω α λ α λ
ω α λ
ω α λ ω α λ
= − + ′
−
− −
(5)
We now expand each of these three terms, retaining quantities up to order ω but neglecting all
quantities proportional to
2
ω and higher powers of ω. In the first two terms, this amounts to
neglecting
0
2 cos c V os ω α λ compared to g in the denominator. But in the third term we must
use
2 2
0 0 0
0
3
2 0
0 2
2 cos sin 2 2
cos sin 1 cos cos
2
1 cos cos
4
sin cos cos
V V V
g g
V
g
g
V
R
g
α α ω
α α α
ω
α λ
ω
α α λ
λ
≅ +
−
= + ′ (6)
where is the range when Coriolis effects are neglected [see Example 2.7]:
0
R′
2
0
0
2
cos sin
V
R
g
α α = ′ (7)
The range difference, , now becomes
0
R R R ∆ = − ′ ′ ′
3
2 0
2
4 1
cos sin cos sin
3
V
R
g
ω
3
λ α α α

− ′
\


.
∆ = (8)
Substituting for in terms of from (7), we have, finally,
0
V
0
R′
1 2 3 2 0
2 1
cos cot tan
3
R
R
g
ω λ α
′

− ′
\
α


.
∆ = (9)
MOTION IN A NONINERTIAL REFERENCE FRAME 341
1011.
θ
R sin θ
d
=
R
θ
This problem is most easily done in the fixed frame, not the rotating frame. Here we take the
Earth to be fixed in space but rotating about its axis. The missile is fired from the North Pole at
some point on the Earth’s surface, a direction that will always be due south. As the missile
travels towards its intended destination, the Earth will rotate underneath it, thus causing it to
miss. This distance is:
∆ = (transverse velocity of Earth at current latitude) × (missile’s time of flight)
sin R T ω θ = × (1)
sin
d R d
v R
ω
 
=

\ .
(2)
Note that the actual distance d traveled by the missile (that distance measured in the fixed
frame) is less than the flight distance one would measure from the Earth. The error this causes
in ∆ will be small as long as the miss distance is small. Using R = 6370 km,
5
7.27 10 ω
−
= ×
rad⋅ , we obtain for the 4800 km, T = 600 s flight a miss distance of 190 km. For a 19300 km
flight the missile misses by only 125 km because there isn’t enough Earth to get around, or
rather there is less of the Earth to miss. For a fixed velocity, the miss distance actually peaks
somewhere around d = 12900 km.
1
s
−
Doing this problem in the rotating frame is tricky because the missile is constrained to be in a
path that lies close to the Earth. Although a perturbative treatment would yield an order of
magnitude estimate on the first part, it is entirely wrong on the second part. Correct treatment
in the rotating frame would at minimum require numerical methods.
1012.
z
F
s r
0
x
λ
ε
342 CHAPTER 10
Using the formula
( )
eff
2
f r
m m m = − × × − × F a r v ω ω ω (1)
we try to find the direction of when
eff
F
f
ma (which is the true force) is in the direction of the z
axis. Choosing the coordinate system as in the diagram, we can express each of the quantities in
(1) as
0
0
( cos , 0, sin )
(0, 0, )
(0, 0, )
r
f
R
m mg
ω λ ω λ
=
= −
=
= −
v
r
a
ω
(2)
Hence, we have
cos
y
Rω λ × = r e ω (3)
and (1) becomes
eff 0
cos 0 sin
0 cos 0
x y
z
mg m
R
z
ω λ ω
ω λ
= − − −
e e e
λ
2 2
F e (4)
from which, we have
2
eff 0
sin cos cos
z x
mg mR mR
z
ω λ λ ω λ = − + + e F e (5) e
Therefore,
2
2 2
0
( ) sin cos
( ) cos
f x
f z
F mR
F mg mR
ω λ λ
ω λ
=
= − +
(6)
The angular deviation is given by
2
2 2
0
( )
sin cos
tan
cos
( )
f x
f z
F
R
g R
F
ω λ λ
ε
ω λ
= =
−
(7)
Since ε is very small, we can put ε ε ≅ . Then, we have
2
2 2
0
sin cos
cos
R
g R
ω λ λ
ε
ω λ
=
−
(8)
It is easily shown that ε is a maximum for 45 λ ° .
Using , , , the maximum deviation is
8
6.4 10 cm R = ×
5 1
7.3 10 sec ω
− −
= ×
2
980 cm/sec g =
1.7
0.002 rad
980
ε ≅ ≅ (9)
MOTION IN A NONINERTIAL REFERENCE FRAME 343
1013.
ω
λ
ε
z′
z
x
x′
Earth
The small parameters which govern the approximations that need to be made to find the
southerly deflection of a falling particle are:
height of fall
radius of Earth
h
R
δ ≡ = (1)
and
2
0
centrifugal force
purely gravitational force
R
g
ω
α ≡ = (2)
The purely gravitational component is defined the same as in Problem 1012. Note that
although both δ and α are small, the product
2
0
h g δα ω = is still of order
2
ω and therefore
expected to contribute to the final answer.
Since the plumb line, which defines our vertical direction, is not in the same direction as the
outward radial from the Earth, we will use two coordinate systems to facilitate our analysis. The
unprimed coordinates for the Northern Hemispherecentric will have its xaxis towards the
south, its yaxis towards the east, and its zaxis in the direction of the plumb line. The primed
coordinates will share both its origin and its y′axis with its unprimed counterpart, with the z′
and x′axes rotated to make the z′axis an outward radial (see figure). The rotation can be
described mathematically by the transformation
cos sin x x z ε ε = + ′ ′ (3)
(4) y y = ′
sin cos z x z ε ε = − + ′ ′ (5)
where
2
sin cos
R
g
ω
ε λ ≡ λ (6)
as found from Problem 1012.
a) The acceleration due to the Coriolis force is given by
2
X
≡ − × ′ a v ω (7)
Since the angle between ω and the z′axis is π – λ, (7) is most appropriately calculated in the
primed coordinates:
344 CHAPTER 10
2 sin x y ω λ = ′ ′
(8)
( ) 2 cos sin y z x ω λ = − + ′ ′ ′
λ (9)
2 cos z y ω λ = ′ ′
(10)
In the unprimed coordinates, the interesting component is
( ) 2 sin cos cos sin x y ω λ ε λ = + ε (11)
At our level approximation this becomes
2 sin x y ω λ (12)
Using the results for and y z , which is correct to order ω (also found from Example 10.3),
2 2
2 sin cos x gt ω λ λ (13)
Integrating twice and using the zeroth order result for the timeoffall, 2h = t , we obtain for
the deflection
g
2
2
2
sin cos
3
X
h
d
g
ω λ = λ (14)
b) The centrifugal force gives us an acceleration of
( )
c
≡ − × × ′ a r ω ω (15)
The component equations are then
( )
2
sin sin cos x x R z ω λ λ = + + ′ ′ ′ λ
(16)
(17)
2
y ω = ′
y′
( )
2
0
cos sin cos z x R z ω λ λ λ = + + ′ ′ ′
g −
(18)
where we have included the pure gravitational component of force as well. Now transform to
the unprimed coordinates and approximate
( )
2
0
sin cos sin x R z g ω λ λ + − ε (19)
We can use Problem 1012 to obtain sin ε to our level of approximation
2
0
sin sin cos
R
g
ω
ε ε λ λ (20)
The prompts a cancellation in equation (19), which becomes simply
2
sin cos x z ω λ λ (21)
Using the zeroth order result for the height,
2
2 z h gt = − , and for the timeoffall estimates the
deflection due to the centrifugal force
2
2
5
sin cos
6
c
h
d
g
ω λ λ (22)
MOTION IN A NONINERTIAL REFERENCE FRAME 345
c) Variation in gravity causes the acceleration
0 3 g
GM
g
r
≡ − + a r k (23)
where ( ) x y R z = + + + ′ ′ ′ j r i is the vector pointing to the particle from the center of the
spherical Earth. Near the surface
k
( )
2
2 2 2 2
2 r x y z R R Rz = + + + + ′ ′ ′ ′ (24)
so that (23) becomes, with the help of the binomial theorem,
(
0
2
g
g
x y z
R
− + − ) ′ ′ ′ a i j k (25)
Transform and get the x component
( )
0
cos 2 sin
g
x x z
R
ε ε − + ′ ′
(26)
( ) (
0
cos sin cos 2 sin cos sin
g
x z x z
R
) ε ε ε ε ε = − − + +
ε (27)
(
0
3 sin
g
x z
R
) ε − + (28)
Using (20),
2
3 sin cos x z ω λ λ (29)
where we have neglected the x term. This is just thrice the part (b) result, R
2
2
5
sin cos
2
g
h
d
g
ω λ λ (30)
Thus the total deflection, correct to order
2
ω , is
2
2
4 sin cos
h
d
g
ω λ λ (31)
(The solution to this and the next problem follow a personal communication of Paul Stevenson,
Rice University.)
1014. The solution to part (c) of the Problem 1013 is modified when the particle is dropped
down a mineshaft. The force due to the variation of gravity is now
0
0 g
g
g
R
≡ − + a r k (1)
As before, we approximate r for near the surface and (1) becomes
(
0
g
g
x y z
R
− + + ) ′ ′ ′ a i j k (2)
In the unprimed coordinates,
346 CHAPTER 10
0
x
x g
R
− (3)
To estimate the order of this term, as we probably should have done in part (c) of Problem
1013, we can take
2 2
~ x h g ω , so that
2
~
h
x h
R
ω × (4)
which is reduced by a factor h R from the accelerations obtained previously. We therefore have
no southerly deflection in this order due to the variation of gravity. The Coriolis and centrifugal
forces still deflect the particle, however, so that the total deflection in this approximation is
2
2
3
sin cos
2
h
d
g
ω λ λ (5)
1015. The Lagrangian in the fixed frame is
( )
2
1
2
f f
L mv U r = − (1)
where
f
v and
f
r are the velocity and the position, respectively, in the fixed frame. Assuming
we have common origins, we have the following relation
f r r
= + × v v r ω (2)
where v and are measured in the rotating frame. The Lagrangian becomes
r r
r
( ) ( ) (
2
2
2
2
r r r r
m
U
= + ⋅ × + × −
v r r ω ω )
r
r
L v (3)
The canonical momentum is
(
r r
r
L
m m )
r
∂
≡ = + ×
∂
p v
v
ω r (4)
The Hamiltonian is then
( ) (
2
2
1 1
2 2
r r r r r
mv U r m ≡ ⋅ − = − − × v p r ω ) H L (5)
H is a constant of the motion since 0 L t ∂ ∂ = , but H ≠ E since the coordinate transformation
equations depend on time (see Section 7.9). We can identify
(
2 1
2
c
U m = − × r ω )
r
(6)
as the centrifugal potential energy because we may find, with the use of some vector identities,
( )
2
2 2
2
c r
m
U r ω
r
−∇ = ∇ − ⋅
r ω (7)
( )
2
r r
m ω = − ⋅
r r ω ω (8)
MOTION IN A NONINERTIAL REFERENCE FRAME 347
( )
r
m = − × ⋅ r ω ω (9)
which is the centrifugal force. Computing the derivatives of (3) required in Lagrange’s
equations
r
r
d
m m
dt
∂
r
= + ×
∂
L
a
v
ω v (10)
( ) (
r r c
r
m
∂
= ∇ × ⋅ − ∇ +
∂
L
v r
r
ω ) U U (11)
( ) ( )
r r
m m U = − × − × × − ∇ v r ω ω ω (12)
The equation of motion we obtain is then
( ) ( ) 2
r r
m m = −∇ − × × − × a r ω ω ω
r
v
a
m U (13)
If we identify F and F , then we do indeed reproduce the equations of motion
given in Equation 10.25, without the second and third terms.
eff r
m = U = −∇
1016. The details of the forces involved, save the Coriolis force, and numerical integrations
in the solution of this problem are best explained in the solution to Problem 963. The only thing
we do here is add an acceleration caused by the Coriolis force, and rework every part of the
problem over again. This is conceptually simple but in practice makes the computation three
times more difficult, since we now also must include the transverse coordinates in our
integrations. The acceleration we add is
( ) 2 sin sin cos cos
c y x z y
v v v v ω λ λ λ
= − + +
j λ
k a i (1)
where we have chosen the usual coordinates as shown in Figure 109 of the text.
a) Our acceleration is
C
g = − + a k a (2)
As a check, we find that the height reached is 1800 km, in good agreement with the result of
Problem 963(a). The deflection at this height is found to be 77 km, to the west.
b) This is mildly tricky. The correct treatment says that the equation of motion with air
resistance is (cf. equation (2) of Problem 963 solution)
2 C
t
v
g
v
= − + +
a k v a (3)
The deflection is calculated to be 8.9 km.
c) Adding the vaiation due to gravity gives us a deflection of 10 km.
d) Adding the variation of air density gives us a deflection of 160 km.
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Of general note is that the deflection in all cases was essentially westward. The usual small
deflection to the north did not contribute significantly to the total transverse deflection at this
precision. All of the heights obtained agreed well with the answers from Problem 963.
Inclusion of the centrifugal force also does not change the deflections to a significant degree at
our precision.
1017. Due to the centrifugal force, the water surface of the lake is not exactly perpendicular
to the Earth’s radius (see figure).
m
g
C
B
β
β
W
a
t
e
r
s
u
r
f
a
c
e
T
a
n
g
e
n
t
t
o
E
a
r
t
h
s
u
r
f
a
c
e
α
A
The length BC is (using cosine theorem)
2 2
( ) 2 cos α = + − AC mg ACmg BC
where AC is the centrifugal force
2
cos ω α = AC m R with α = 47° and Earth’s radius
, 6400 km R ≅
The angle β that the water surface is deviated from the direction tangential to the Earth’s surface
is
5
sin
sin 4.3 10
sin sin
α
β
α β
−
= ⇒ = = ×
BC AC AC
BC
So the distance the lake falls at its center is sin β = h r where r = 162 km is the lake’s radius.
So finally we find h = 7 m.
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1018. Let us choose the coordinate system Oxyz as shown in the figure.
O
ν
x
ν
y
ν
β
α
x
y
The projectile’s velocity is
v v where β = 37°
0
0
cos
sin
0 0
β
β
   
 
= = −
 
\ . \ .
G
x
y
v v
v gt
The Earth’s angular velocity is
cos
sin
0
ω α
ω ω α
−  
= −

\ .
G


where α = 50°
So the Coriolis acceleration is
( ) ( )
0 0
2 2 cos sin 2 sin cos ω ω β α β ω α = × = − + −
G G G
c z
v v gt e a v
The velocity generated by Coriolis force is
( )
2
0
0
2 cos sin sin cos cos ω β α β α ω − −
∫
t
c c
a dt v t gt α = = v
And the distance of deviation due to the Coriolis force is
( )
3
2
0
0
cos
sin
3
ω α
ω α β = = − − −
∫
t
c c
gt
dt v t z v
The flight time of the projectile is
0
2 sin
2
β
=
v
t . If we put this into , we find the deviation
distance due to Coriolis force to be
c
z
~ 260 m
c
z
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1019. The Coriolis force acting on the car is
2 2 sin ω ω α = × ⇒ =
G G
G G
c c
F m v F mv
where α = 65°, m = 1300 kg, v = 100 km/hr.
So 4.76 N.
c
F =
G
1020. Given the Earth’s mass, M , the magnitude of the gravitational field
vector at the poles is
24
5.976 10 kg = ×
2
2
9.866 m/s = =
pole
pole
GM
g
R
The magnitude of the gravitational field vector at the equator is
2 2
e 2
R 9.768 m/s ω = − =
eq q
eq
GM
g
R
where ω is the angular velocity of the Earth about itself.
If one use the book’s formula, we have
at the poles
2
( 90 ) 9.832 m/s λ = ° = g
and
g at the equator
2
( 0 ) 9.780 m/s λ = ° =
1021. The Coriolis acceleration acting on flowing water is
2 2 sin ω ω α = × ⇒ =
G G G G
c c
a v a v
Due to this force, the water is higher on the west bank. As in problem 1017, the angle β that the
water surface is deviated from the direction tangential to Earth’s surface is
5
2 2 2 2 2 2
2 sin
2.5 10
4 sin
ω α
ω α
sin β
−
= = = ×
+ + ∝
c
c
a v
g a g v
The difference in heights of the two banks is
3
sin 1.2 10 m β
−
∆ = = × A h
where A m is the river’s width. 47 =
1022. The Coriolis acceleration is 2
c
a v ω = ×
G G G
. This acceleration
c
a
G
pushes lead bullets
eastward with the magnitude 2 cos cos 2 ω α ω
G
c
gt α = = a v , where α = 42°.
The velocity generated by the Coriolis force is
MOTION IN A NONINERTIAL REFERENCE FRAME 351
2
( ) cos ω α = =
∫ c
v t a dt gt
and the deviation distance is
3
( ) cos
3
ω α ∆ = =
∫ c c
gt
x v t dt
The falling time of the bullet is 2 = h t . So finally g
3
3
8
cos 2.26 10 m
3
ω
α
−
∆ = = ×
c
h
x
g
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