written by Todd Timberlake
The EJS Falling Body On Rotating Earth 3D model illustrates the trajectory of an object dropped from rest (relative to the rotating Earth) from above any point on Earth's surface. The user can set the initial latitude of the object, the height of the object above (or below) the Earth's surface, as well as the rotational speed of Earth. The motion of the object can be viewed from an inertial reference frame, or from a frame that rotates with the Earth (illustrating the effects of the so-called "Coriolis force" among other things). The simulation can be made to stop when the object hits Earth's surface, or it can allow the object to move
The user can select from a variety of options that control the gravitational and resistive forces acting on the object as it falls. The simulation can also generate plots of the object's longitude (initially assumed to be zero) and latitude as a function of time.
Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
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Rights: This material is released under the GNU General Public License Version 3.
Published: July 23, 2012
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Falling Body On Rotating Earth 3D:
Is Based On Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool
The Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool is needed to explore the computational model used in the Falling Body On Rotating Earth 3D.relation by Wolfgang Christian
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