Addendum to Coriolis Force; Definition of Centripetal Force. 2

We need to understand first that Force can be categorized into two types. One is called tangential or collinear force. This component of the force is always along the direction of motion and changes speed of an object. It can change direction once the velocity of the object has become zero. Its NOT centripetal force. It can never make an object go in a plane or 3 D trajectory, as the motion is limited to only one dimension. The object can only go back and forth.

Now look at the other component. Its called a radial force. Its always perpendicular to the direction of motion. This force is called centripetal force, always. Note that its different from what we call central forces.

In consequence, both tangential and radial forces can be central. More…

The Coriolis Effect

Coriolis Force; An interesting idea. 3

I have been thinking of writing a basic introduction, on this important physical concept — of, what’s a Coriolis Force.

Its one of the interesting ideas of physics, which does not get as much of a mention, unless you just happen to know this, because of your advance footing, in the discourses of Physics; perhaps because its two orders of magnitude smaller, in its strength, compared to relevant forces, in a situation, that involves this small — but, significantly measurable force.

So, what’s a Coriolis Force?

I presume that most of us would be aware of, what’s centrifugal force. Its in this connection, that, a Coriolis force is most understandable.

So, what’s a centrifugal force?

A Centrifugal force, comes into picture, every time a centripetal force comes into consideration. A centrifugal force is the corresponding pseudo force, of a centripetal force. So, for every centripetal force there would be a corresponding centrifugal force.

So, we need to shed light on a few things, before we understand, what are Coriolis Force. We need to therefore discuss; what are pseudo forces and what’s a centripetal or a centrifugal force, then a coriolis force would be clearer, to the root.

So lets begin with Force.

Force has a basic standing in Physics, in connection to, in what frames of reference we need to measure such a physical quantity, as are all other physical quantities to be measured, have a significance, as to; in what frames of reference we are measuring these quantities in. More…

An interesting problem in elementary mechanics. Reply

Here is a problem on mechanics.

Problem; Two particles move in a uniform gravitational field with an acceleration g. AT the initial moment the particles were located at one point and moved with velocities v1=3.0 m/s and v2=4.0 m/s horizontally in opposite directions. Find the distance between the particles at the moment when their velocity vectors become mutually perpendicular.

Here is my ans. (Got to fig. it out in a concise way after scribbling through pages unsuccessfully. )

An interesting problem in mechanics

An interesting problem in mechanics

Uncertainty Principle Again. Reply

2. The object can be a large object, eg say something whose picture you are taking. But as explained above its not the energy of the object (or momentum) which is directly coming into the problem. That would be an added degree of concern if the object is moving with certain velocity, a reason why pictures are blurred. Because motion of objects introduces additional energy-time-momentum-position variables and their corresponding uncertainties. For the argument of the above problem one can imagine the large sized object, lets say a bird, is standing still on a tree while its picture is being taken. In that case if the wavelength of the light [few 100 nano meters = 1/10th of a micrometer] is used (eg in a digital-camera) the corresponding accuracy of the light will be less than micrometers. You can take a very sharp picture of the bird, which is lets say 6 inch long. But when you zoom in to a large degree, the inaccuracies will show up. [in this case how to see a micrometer level image? Is a computer sufficient to show us the uncertain edges of the pixels?] If the wavelength (here visible light) is so small, evidently by de-Broglie relationship, momentum or energy of such light is very large. But its not as large to disturb the feelings of the bird. The bird doesn’t have a problem with visible light, and such energy does not disturb its position or energy or any thing so to say. So while Quantum Mechanics is valid, we are accustomed to say this is a classical mechanics situation. To say QM is invalid is incorrect. To say QM is understood to be valid is a knowledgeable position. More…

Do we have two theories for two different scales of reality? Reply

Quantum laws pervade everywhere. The diffraction of prism or windows, the little stars that sparkle on your window pane are all quantum mechanical effects brought into the fore of our sight. We gaze at it from our convenience, but they are produced at the minion and carried forth without prejudice to yet another scale, the scale of ours. The electro-magnetic effects from stars that are received by us is an example of how quantum effects have been carried to the grand scale of planets and stars. Classical mechanics would not have explained because they are not produced classically, just like the shoes do not explain bacteria. But bacteria causes bloodshed in our posterior. They came from within not outside demons of bible. Bible explains things that do not exist. But Quantum Mechanical laws explains things that exist, those that are suitable for our growth and sustenance and those that cause us blood and bad health.