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Moon, Sun, Earth, Water UCSD: Physics 8; 2006 Tides are an artifact of gravity Gravitational Force looks like: F = GMm/r
2 m r M Since F = ma, a = F/m, so mass m accelerates with a = GM/r2 Not all points on earth are equidistant to the moon closest side accelerates faster toward moon than does center farthest side accelerates slower toward moon than does center Spring 2006 2 UCSD: Physics 8; 2006 Differential acceleration As earth free-falls toward moon... ...and why shouldn't it: the moon pulls on the earth, and nothing holds the earth from accelerating due to this force! The near side tries to accelerate faster gets ahead of the rest of the earth The far side doesn't accelerate as fast lags the rest of the earth Result is a bulge in front (eager), and a bulge behind (sluggish) Spring 2006 3 UCSD: Physics 8; 2006 In picture form (exaggerated) Near side experiences greater acceleration toward moon Center acceleration is "just right" (just is what it is) Far side experiences lesser acceleration toward moon r R M
difference in acceleration is: a = GM/(r- 2 - GM(r+R)2 R) 4GMR/r3 So tidal influence on planet scales like M/r3, where M is the mass of the tidal perturber
Spring 2006 4 UCSD: Physics 8; 2006 High Tide Twice Per Day As Earth rotates underneath the bulge (which stays pointing roughly toward the moon), a fixed point on earth experiences two high tides and two low tides per day Not only are oceans affected: the "solid" earth (not completely rigid) moves up and down about 0.4 meter peak-to-peak twice a day!
Spring 2006 5 UCSD: Physics 8; 2006 Tidal friction makes the moon's orbit grow http://spiff.rit.edu/classes/phys235/no_moon/no_moon.html The bulge is carried forward by rotation (via friction), producing a gravitational "carrot" after which the moon races, gaining orbital energy and thus expanding the orbit by 3.8 cm per year Spring 2006 6 UCSD: Physics 8; 2006 The Sun is a Player Too The M/r3 ratio for the sun is 45% that of the moon When earth, moon, and sun are aligned (new moon, full moon), the tides add called spring tides When 90 out of phase (first quarter, last quarter), they partly cancel called neap tides moon dominates, so high tide still along earth-moon direction
deceptive view: should be polar view of earth Spring 2006 7 UCSD: Physics 8; 2006 San Diego full moon last qtr new moon 1st qtr Hawaii Spring 2006 8 UCSD: Physics 8; 2006 Tidal Resonance In Hawaii, the tides are less than a meter peak-to-peak representing the natural size of the bulge On a continental shelf, can get greater amplitude due to "sloshing" behavior 8 ft (2.5 m) peak-to-peak in San Diego Some inlets (Puget Sound, Bay of Fundy) experience resonance if natural "slosh" time has a 12-hour period, can get substantial amplification greater than 10 m peak-to-peak in some special locations Spring 2006 9 ...
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