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Tracking the Coriolis Force uses the Tracker video analysis tool to model the motion of a ball rolling with constant velocity on a rotating merry-go-round. Video includes the motion of the ball as viewed from the rotating reference frame of the merry-go-round. Using the Coriolis force equation, students build a model of the motion.
The zip file contains the activity handout, video and Tracker file. The video comes from YouTube and can be found at
A talk about this activity from the AAPT Winter Meeting 2013 can be found at http://tinyurl.com/trackerCoriolis.
To open the Tracker file, download and run Tracker from http://www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker/. Tracker is free.
Published June 7, 2012
Last Modified January 8, 2013
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