I was asked a question by one of my players that got me thinking and i didn't really know the answers.
In a spun habitat with say a "gravity" of 1 at the surface, if you were at the centre or spindle the gravity would be 0, as you move away from the centre to the surface the perceived gravity will increase, but only if you are holding onto something correct? say for example you float away from the centre slowly towards the surface you would still be in zero gravity correct?
More like freefall. See, the body is still moving the direction of the spin otherwise as soon as you let go of some support, you would slam into the back side of a wall.
This then brought up other questions like jumping off of the surface or throwing an object up, and flying vehicles in the large spun habitats that you see in the artwork all the time. As once you leave the ground there is no gravity to slow you back down again right, i know you would have momentum in the spin direction, but if you could throw something in the right direction with the right force then it should carry on correct?
Not 100% correct but, someone else who is more of an expert in this should try and explain this. It's physics.
The atmosphere might have an affect as the "air" would be moving somewhat but the discussion went with what would happen in a habitat with no atmosphere.
I might be way off here but that's why I'm asking here.
See the above answer about it being physics. An object in motion tends to stay in motion until act upon by other forces.
Even with out air, once you are in motion (ie you stand on a rotating platform in one spot) you keep that motion (you maintain some of the enegry of the spin direction).
If you were standing on the inside outer ring of spinning habit and you tossed dropped a ball forward spin (the direction the habit is spinning) the ball will land slightly behind you. Why? Because it has some of the energy of the spin which keeps it from landing why behind you and the energy of the spin also gives it some of its drop (the feeling of gravity).
Not the best explaination but the simpliest one.