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This scientific American webpage by the physicist David Politzer explains examples of fictitious force, including the Coriolis force and also the motion of tea leaves when tea is stirred. In addition, he mentions the connection and general relativity between gravity and fictitious force.
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Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Relative Motion
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Keywords: Coriolis force, Frame of reference, fictitious force
Record Creator: Metadata instance created June 17, 2010 by Foha Rafiq
Record Updated: Jun 21, 2010 by Ed Lee
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(Scientific American, New York, 2010), WWW Document, (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-is-a-fictitious-force).
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What is a "fictitious force"?, (Scientific American, New York, 2010), <http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-is-a-fictitious-force>.
APA Format
What is a "fictitious force"?. (2007, July 9). Retrieved October 30, 2014, from Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-is-a-fictitious-force
Chicago Format
Scientific American. What is a "fictitious force"?. New York: Scientific American, July 9, 2007. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-is-a-fictitious-force (accessed 30 October 2014).
MLA Format
What is a "fictitious force"?. New York: Scientific American, 2010. 9 July 2007. 30 Oct. 2014 <http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-is-a-fictitious-force>.
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