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What is the instantaneous acceleration (both magnitude and direction) due to the coriolis force on an object moving at 160 m s^-1 to the west located at 17 degrees south, 86 degrees west?

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    The Coriolis acceleration is
    2 V w sin L

    L is the latitude, V is the speed (m/s) and w is the angular rotation rate of Earth in radisns per second. The direction is perpendicular to the velocity vector.

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