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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
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Keywords: Coriolis force, Frame of reference, fictitious force
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