Physics Photo of the Week

Warren Wilson College

September 25, 2004

The Coriolis Effect and the rotation of hurricanes and cyclones



The photograph above shows the deflection of a frictionless air puck on a rotating table.  A better discussion may be seen in the next animated page.  This photo was an experiment conducted in May, 2004 by the Warren Wilson Physical Science Class.

Students: Heather Child, Kristen Cole, Jill Collins, amanda Grover, George Keel, Amanda McGaha, Christopher Metzloff, Jesse Paluch, Matthew Sanders, Brian Shorb, Nathan Smith, James Tyson with special assistance from Omar Barnaby - the Physics Department Assistant.