The Coriolis Force - introduction

The coriolis force arises due to the fact that the earth is rotating... -->>

Properties of the coriolis force:

  • acts on objects not rigidly attached to the earth
  • always acts to deflect an object to the right (left) of its direction of motion in the northern (southern) hemisphere
  • magnitude is zero at the equator, maximum at the poles
  • magnitude depends on the rotation rate of the earth - the magnitude would increase if the earths rotation rate increased
  • if the earth were not rotating, the coriolis force would be zero