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Formula for ratio of weights at different latitudes
As you know, the Earth is not a perfect sphere so a person’s weight varies from place on place on the surface of the globe. Assuming that the Earth is an ellipsoid (that is, the intersection of the Earth with a plane passing through the Poles is an ellipse) then the person’s weight depends only on which latitude he or she is on.
Suppose he/she weighs at latitude N or S. Then his/her weight at latitude N or S is given by the following formula, which I calculated today:
where is the ratio of the Equatorial radius of the Earth to the Polar radius of the Earth.
(2) and are weights, not masses. The person’s mass does not vary with location on Earth.
(3) Because the left-hand side is a ratio, it does not matter which unit you use to measure weight. You can use newtons, pounds, stones, or even the unscientific kilos. The utility of the formula is that if you know your weight at a particular latitude on Earth, you can calculate your weight at any other latitude on Earth.
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