Website Detail Page
written by Fu-Kwun Hwang
sub author: Gary Richert
This applet presents a graphical, interactive picture of relative motion. It illustrates how an object may appear to have different motions to different observers, depending on how the observers are moving with respect to one another. Included are examples of how this applet may be used, and a worksheet from a different author.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Frames of Reference
This animation illustrates the concept of relative motion by depicting a moving boat traveling with the river current. An observer walks onshore. You can view the motion from the reference frame of the boat, the river, or the ground and watch how the motion appears differently. Don't miss the accompanying worksheet.Link to Unit:
ComPADRE is beta testing Citation Styles!
Disclaimer: ComPADRE offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure. Please refer to the style manuals in the Citation Source Information area for clarifications.
Citation Source Information
The APA Style presented is based on information from APA Style.org: Electronic References.
The Chicago Style presented is based on information from Examples of Chicago-Style Documentation.
The MLA Style presented is based on information from the MLA FAQ.
NTNU Java: Relative Motion (frame of reference):
Same topic as Einstein Light: Inertial frames and Newtonian mechanics
This is an animation-based tutorial designed to introduce relativity to beginners. This segment uses a merry-go-round to explore inertial and non-inertial frames of reference.relation by Caroline Hall
Know of another related resource? Login to relate this resource to it.
Physics To Go