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An Intuitive Approach to the Coriolis Effect
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis has been to provide the reader with an intuitive insight into the mechanisms of the Coriolis effect. Apart from thoroughly describing the phenomenon, the essay attempts to eliminate as many myths prevailing around the Coriolis effect as possible. To get there, only a few mathematical derivations and calculations have been presented – the focus has been on a pure conceptual level. Furthermore, delusive textbook explanations have been examined and discussed in case studies. In the conclusion, the goal is reached by summarising the sought intuitive description of the Coriolis effect into one single sentence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 53 p.
, Självständigt arbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, 23
Keyword [en]
Coriolis effect, Coriolis force, centrifugal force, fictitious force, frame of reference, gravity, wind, deviation, Hadley, Bertrand, Foucault, Gaspard Gustave Coriolis, Eötvös effect, textbook myths, pedagogical approach.
National Category
Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-168017OAI: diva2:489867
Subject / course
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Physics
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Available from: 2012-02-03 Created: 2012-02-03 Last updated: 2012-02-03Bibliographically approved

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