# Coriolis effect

Does anyone wish to discuss the Coriolis effect/force?

Mike

http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/fw/crls.rxml

The thing I find teasing about the coriolis effect is that the faster the wind or an object is travelling the greater the deflection.

Take the N Hemisphere, the deflection is to the right. As the wind speed increases the wind veers. Deflects more!

Any other object with a force acting on it for example a golf ball hit into a cross wind would be effected less if its flight was faster.

I know there is a formula for calculating the coriolis force for different latitudes and different speeds but I would be more interested in a general explanation as to why this can be.

I have concocted a theory of my own and wonder if anyone else agrees with my reasoning.

Tiger Woods hits a golf ball from the N pole at a spot on the equator, it is a reasonable shot and averages 5400 Kn. It lands 1 hour later.

John Daly hits another golf ball from the N pole at the same spot on the equator, he gives it an almighty hit and it averages 54000 Kn. It lands 6 minutes later.

Now looking at the flights of both balls from the N pole you will see John Dalys ball has suffered a greater deflection to the right than Tigers.

The ball with the faster flight has been deflected more to the right.

Funny that.

Mike.

Now looking at the flights of both balls from the N pole you will see John Dalys ball has suffered a greater deflection to the right than Tigers.

The ball with the faster flight has been deflected more to the right.>>

Correct. And when you examine the second order differential equations in spherical coordinates, you will see why. Wait till you master the math.

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