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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

Because of Earth’s rotation about its axis, you weigh slightly less at the equator than at the poles. Explain.

To determine
How due to the Earth’s rotation weight is slightly less at the equator than at the poles.

Explanation

Earth rotates about its own axis passing through its poles. Hence the centripetal acceleration at the pole will be zero. Hence the effective g will be equal to the real g .

geffe=g

But at the equators the centripetal acceleration due to the rotation of earth about its own axis is not zero, hence the effective g will be,

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