If a stone is dropped from a balloon on a still day, does the stone fall directly below the balloon, or to the west or east of it?
(In reply to re: Relativity
Under Newtonian laws, I'm sure that I'd be correct, and I feel that the
"relative" environment of an observer on Earth to these objects is
contained and expressed by Bob Smith (More Thoughts):
"In the earth's inertial reference frame (the one we live in) it should fall directly beneath the balloon."
Guardedly, I feel comfortable with the Newtonian model, which Bob Smith is expressing.
And because of the inertia to which Bob refers, I did not forget such
factors as I believed them to be part of the Earth observer's system
(and therefore non-factors).
Posted by brianjn
on 2005-07-08 12:55:07