Coriolis Acceleration

 

 

 

 

 Class Example: Wind moving 10 m s-1 (approximately 20 mph)

 

Straight Line Distance

Travel Time Straight Line Distance

Deflection Distance

10,000 km

278.8 hr

450,000 km

1,000 km

27.8 hr

4,500 km

100 km

2.8 hr

45 km

10 km

0.28 hr

457 m

 

The horizontal Coriolis Acceleration in rectangular coordinates has the same general format.  Let's reason it out conceptually.