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I teach 5th grade, and we are studying the stars and our solar system. One of my students asked why we do not feel the Earth's rotation, and would we notice any difference if we were on Mercury, which rotates faster?



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The centripetal force caused by the Earth's rotation is negligible compared to gravity. Good thing, too, or we would all fly off into outer space! There is also the Coriolis force that results from the Earth's rotation: we can see it is effects, but we cannot really "feel" it

Hawley


Nevertheless, we do "feel" the Earth's turning. The effect is maximum at the equator, and vanishes at the poles. Your students might enjoy figuring out why this is true.

J Lu



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