# The Global Ocean

The phrase circular orbital motion refers to what type of water motion?
A. Deep ocean currents
B. Tidal flow
C. Wave action
D. Surface currents

my answer is c.

1. 👍 0
2. 👎 0
3. 👁 351
1. You are correct, although in fact the question is not very well phrased. Water particles in deep water waves (water depth greater than half a wavelength) describe circular orbital paths, decreasing exponentially in radius with depth. The particle velocity is up on the front (as any surfer knows), forward at the crest, down on the back, back in the trough.

1. 👍 0
2. 👎 0
2. Thanks!

1. 👍 0
2. 👎 0

## Similar Questions

1. ### physics

A person jumps off a diving board 4.6 m above the water's surface into a deep pool. The person's downward motion stops 1.6 m below the surface of the water. Estimate the average deceleration (magnitude) of the person while under

asked by Anonymous on January 9, 2012
2. ### physics

A person jumps off a diving board 4.3 above the water's surface into a deep pool. The person's downward motion stops 2.1 below the surface of the water.

asked by ed on September 7, 2011
3. ### physics

Two particles A and B are in uniform circular motion about a common center. The acceleration of particle A is 4.7 times that of particle B. Particle B takes 2.4 times as long for a rotation as particle A. Th ratio of the radius of

asked by Audrey Petricevich on September 23, 2011
4. ### Physics

A bath toy is floating stationary in water such that half of the toy is above water and half of the toy is below the water. A kid pulls the toy 3.9 cm down into the water and then lets go. The toy then proceeds to bob up and down.

asked by Anonymous on January 10, 2015
5. ### physics question

As denizens of the surface of a spinning planet, we are always in uniform circular motion. Imagine you are in Nairobi (on the Earth's equator) at noon on a Monday. Answer the following questions only considering the rotation of

asked by anonymous on January 15, 2018
1. ### physics

A planet orbits its star in a circular orbit (uniform circular motion) of radius 1.62x10^11 m. The orbital period of the planet around its star is 37.0 years. Determine the following quantities for this orbital motion: Angular

asked by sand on November 13, 2011
2. ### physics

A planet orbits its star in a circular orbit (uniform circular motion) of radius 1.62x10^11 m. The orbital period of the planet around its star is 37.0 years. Determine the following quantities for this orbital motion: Angular

asked by sand on November 13, 2011
3. ### penn foster

Which one of the following statements is true about ocean currents? A. Ocean currents typically follow a clockwise path in the southern hemisphere. B. Ocean currents typically follow a clockwise path in the northern hemisphere. C.

asked by Anonymous on January 5, 2010
4. ### physics

A clown is rocking on a rocking chair in the dark. His glowing red nose moves back and forth a distance of 0.42m exactly 30 times a minute in a simple harmonic motion. (a) what is the amplitude of this motion? (b) what is the

asked by Peter on December 12, 2015
5. ### Physical Science 8th Grade

1. What is the resulting direction of a surface wave? Is it perpendicular, parallel, opposite, or circular? 2. What happens when a mechanical wave travels through a medium? What is transferred - mass, particles, energy, or waves?

asked by Abby427 on June 19, 2016
6. ### Physics

A binary star system consists of two equal mass stars that revolve in circular orbits about their center of mass. The period of the motion, T=29.6 days, and the orbital speed v= 220 km/s of the stars can be measured from

asked by Casey on July 12, 2011