Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Irodov Problem 1.117

The entire situation is depicted in the figure beside from various view points. As the body falls downwards (z-direction) with a velocity vz , it experiences a Coriolis force (in the reference frame of Earth) of magnitude . This force is responsible for the apparent deflection of the body along the latitude along the direction of Earth's rotation (lets call this x-direction).

In other words,

Since the body is under free fall,

The body falls a height of h units, and so

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