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Tracking the Coriolis Force
written by Anne Cox
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 trz file contains the activity handout, video and Tracker tab 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
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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Relative Motion
= Coriolis Effect
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Modeling
- Upper Undergraduate
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Laboratory
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Learners
- Educators
- application/pdf
- application/zip
- video/quicktime
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Anne J Cox
coriolis, inertial reference frame, tracker, video analysis, video lab
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Metadata instance created June 7, 2012 by Anne Cox
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April 30, 2023 by Douglas Brown
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