Coriolis Force Definition

An apparent deflective force acting on a moving object, as an airplane, that is being observed from a rotating system, as the surface of the earth: it is proportional to the speed of the object and is in a direction perpendicular to its direction of motion.
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Origin of Coriolis Force

  • From French Coriolis (“a surname”) + English force, after French scientist Gaspard G. de Coriolis.

    From Wiktionary

  • After Gaspard G. de Coriolis (1792–1843), French mathematician

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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