Year: 2011 Pages: 4
In this work we consider the implementation of relational time and its consequences for physics. We concentrate our analysis in a single phenomenon, namely, the flattening of the Earth due to its diurnal rotation. We consider the figure of the Earth in Newtonian mechanics. We point out some philosophical problems with this classical formulation. We then present the flattening of the Earth from the point of view of Relational Mechanics, which is a mathematical implementation of Mach's principle utilizing Weber's law for gravitation.