PARADOXES WITH THE CORIOLIS FORCE
Question. Imagine playing ball on merry-go-round. The merry-go-round is enclosed, so you don't see outside. Standing at the center, you want to hit a target at the rim. You aim the ball straight at the target, but you miss: the ball curves to the right, as in Figure 7.1. Why does this happen? Let us forget gravity. Assume that the spin is counterclockwise.
Figure 7.1. Explaining the Coriolis force.