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designer: George Hatsidimitris
This web page describes inertial and non-inertial frames of reference, the latter being frames where Newton's laws do not hold. The text explains "fictitious forces", the centrifugal force and the Coriolis force, that enable Newton's laws to describe motion in a non-inertial frame. An animation shows the motion of a ball rolling on a merry-go-round as seen both from the merry-go-round and from the ground.

This is part of a large web site, EinsteinLight, that explains relativity at a qualitative level from Galileo through the intersection with quantum mechanics.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Newton's First Law
= Inertia in Motion
- Relative Motion
= Coriolis Effect
= Rotating Reference Frames
Relativity
- Galilean Relativity
- Reference Frames
= Inertial
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Simulation
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
= Image/Image Set
= Movie/Animation
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- Learners
- General Publics
- text/html
- application/flash
- image/gif
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© 2005 University of New South Wales
Keywords:
Centrifugal force, Galilean relativity, fictional force, inertial, non-inertial, reference frames
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Metadata instance created November 29, 2007 by Ann Deml
Record Updated:
June 26, 2012 by Caroline Hall
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November 29, 2007
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J. Wolfe, (2005), WWW Document, (http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module1_Inertial.htm).
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J. Wolfe, Einstein Light: Inertial frames and Newtonian mechanics (2005), <http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module1_Inertial.htm>.
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Wolfe, J. (2007, November 29). Einstein Light: Inertial frames and Newtonian mechanics. Retrieved July 29, 2014, from http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module1_Inertial.htm
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Wolfe, Joe. Einstein Light: Inertial frames and Newtonian mechanics. November 29, 2007. http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module1_Inertial.htm (accessed 29 July 2014).
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Wolfe, Joe. Einstein Light: Inertial frames and Newtonian mechanics. 2005. 29 Nov. 2007. 29 July 2014 <http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module1_Inertial.htm>.
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