Science / Tides and Currents / Coriolis Force: A fictional force in the hydrodynamic equations of motion that takes into account the effect of the Earth's rotation on moving objects (including air and water) when viewed with reference to a coordinate system attached to the rotating Earth. The horizontal component is directed 90° to the right (when looking in the direction of motion) in the Northern Hemi sphere and 90° to the left in the Southern. The horizontal component is zero at the Equator; also, when the object is at rest relative to the Earth. The Coriolis acceleration = 2vs sin ø: where v is the speed of the object, S is the angular velocity of the Earth, and ø is the latitude. Named for Gaspard Gustave de Coriolis who published his formulation in 1835.
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