Talk:History of the Earth
Rename this article?[change source]
- That's the name of it's enWiki counterpart... for the sake of consitency I think i'm going to go ahead and move it Jamesofur (talk) 00:32, 5 September 2009 (UTC)
Angular Momentum[change source]
At the start of the article we have, "... the solar nebula began to contract, rotate and gain angular momentum."
Simply contracting is not going to increase the angular momentum. When a figure skater pulls her arms in and speeds up, her angular momentum does not change. What changes is her angular velocity, which increases because her moment of inertia decreases. The product of the 2 are her angular momentum.
Similarly with the solar nebula, the contraction in itself would increase the speed of rotation, but leave the angular momentum unchanged.