Advanced General Physics 323/324

Classical Mechanics Unit CM4 Non-Inertial Systems

Prerequisite: CM1

Overview: This unit covers the changes that must be made in Newton's Laws of motion if one wants to work in an acceleating reference frame. For example, in a rotating system one feels a "centrifugal force" and, if one is moving, the less well-know "Coriolis force".You are not responsible for the more sophisticated but very interesting material covered in Examples 8.5, 8.6, and 8.10 and in Notes 8.1 and 8.2.


D. Kleppner and R. Kolenkow, An Introduction to Mechanics (K&K) Chapt. 8 - Noninertial Systems and Fictitious Forces

Comment: K&K is well-written and abounds with instructive and appropriate examples. The problems at the ends of the chapters are in many cases quite difficult, however, an the assigned problems have been chosen with care. The solutions are on file: just ask an instructor if you wish to see them.

After completing this unit you should understand:

  1. The Galilean transforamtion.
  2. Motion in a uniformly accelerating system .
  3. The principal of equivalence
  4. Motion in a rotating coordinate system.


Chapt. 8: Problems 1,4,7,9,10.

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