Coriolis Free Throw

 
Published on July 21, 2010

The "Coriolis force" is a pseudo force existing in a frame that rotates with constant angular velocity to a reference frame. It acts on a body moving in the rotating frame to deflect its motion sideways. Here the audience sits in the reference frame, while two volunteers on a rotating platform experience the coriolis force by trying to basket a volleyball. For details on our setup, see http://sciencedemonstrations.fas.harvard.edu/presentations/coriolis-effect