John
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John asked in Science & MathematicsPhysics · 6 months ago

# If the earth stopped rotating would we all be heavier?

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• 6 months ago

We would ALL FALL ORF.;-(

• 6 months ago

Yes, very slightly. less than 1%.

• Tom S
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6 months ago

Yes but by very little, about 0.3 percent..

• 6 months ago

Yes. At the equator your weight would be about 1% more than it is now. The centrifugal force is small compared to gravity.

• Andrew Smith
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6 months agoReport

Part of the discrepancy between these two is that the gravity at the poles is greater for TWO reasons. One is that the earth is somewhat oblate. ie the poles are not as far from the centre as the equator. The difference is not just centripetal force.

• 6 months ago

More like red muck on walls until the oceans got to your location.

Think sitting on the hood of moms car going 100 MPH then hitting the brakes,,car stops,,you don't.

If you are thinking just no more centrifugal force, weigh yourself, go to one of the poles and compare weight.

Such minuscule difference it is insignificant.

• Dixon
Lv 7
6 months ago

Yes, for most people it would be a few grams, which is more than you might expect.

• Zirp
Lv 7
6 months ago

If it slowly decelerated..once it would stop rotating those close to the equator would be a little heavier and those on the poles would not. Probably not enough to notice though

• Anonymous
6 months ago

If the earth stop spinning. The atmosphere will continue to spin. Which cause very high speed winds. The gravitational pull would have no effect on its mass. Which means there would be little to none of weight gain.

• 6 months ago

by a percent or so, depending on location. At the poles, no change. At the equator, about 1.5% heavier as I recall....

However, if it stopped rotating, it would break into pieces. Or perhaps the heat would cause it all to become molten. so a percent change in weight would be the least of our worries. We would all be dead.