Coriolis force


Definition of Coriolis force

: an apparent force that as a result of the earth's rotation deflects moving objects (such as projectiles or air currents) to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern hemisphere

First Known Use of Coriolis force

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Coriolis force

Gaspard G. Coriolis †1843 French civil engineer

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“Coriolis force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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