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  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Oct 2008

    Exclamation Angular Speed...

    The Question is kind of Simple. "Find the angular speed of a point on the Earth's surface". That is all that is given, assuming the the radius is 6400km. How do I set this up???
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    MHF Contributor arbolis's Avatar
    Apr 2008
    Ok. Sorry for my last post, it was bad.
    In one day (24 hours), the Earth has done a revolution, that is if you were on its surface, you would have done $\displaystyle 2\pi r$ kilometers.
    It's angular speed is $\displaystyle \frac{2\pi rad}{24 hours}$. You realize that the angular speed of Earth is independent of the radius, so the radius they gave you doesn't matter.
    Now just convert the answer into $\displaystyle \frac{rad}{s}$.

    EDIT: You set up this by thinking like that : I consider the Earth as a circle (to simplificate a lot). Compare it with the unit circle and the angles in radian. You know that $\displaystyle 2\pi$ radian is the whole circle, that is an angle of 360. You also know that the Earth will turn this angle in about 24 hours.
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