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Tracker Lab Manual and Workshop Resources Documents

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Tracker Lab Manual and Workshop Resources 

written by Aaron Titus

This is a set of handouts, a presentation, and videos that one can use for a workshop to teach others how to use Tracker. The resources may also be adapted for students to learn Tracker.

Subdocuments for this item contain:

  • presentation slides in PowerPoint
  • a one-page Tracker "cheat sheet" with instructions for the most often-used tasks
  • a sample lab manual with 6 Tracker video analysis labs that include:
    • uniform motion
    • inertial and non-inertial reference frames (Newton's first law)
    • force on a person landing after a jump (Newton's second law)
    • center of mass motion (collision)
    • uniform circular motion of a bicycle wheel
    • conservation of angular momentum of a figure skater

  • all videos and Tracker files for the experiments and presentation
  • source for all handouts that can be edited with LaTeX

To open the Tracker file, download and run Tracker from http://www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker/. Tracker is free.

The videos can be used with other video analysis software; however, the handout has screen captures from Tracker and instructions specifically written for Tracker.

All videos maintain the copyright of those who recorded the video and are shared with permission of the video authors. All handouts created by Aaron Titus may be freely edited and redistributed without citation.

Published June 6, 2012
Last Modified June 5, 2012

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Supplemental Documents (3)

Tracker Cheat Sheet 

This one-page "cheat sheet" will show you the most common steps required to analyze videos with Tracker.

This file is available in multiple formats: .pdf, .zip

Last Modified June 6, 2012

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Introduction to Tracker PowerPoint Presentation 

The zip file includes videos and Tracker files used with the PowerPoint presentation.

This file is available in multiple formats: .pptx, .zip

Last Modified June 6, 2012

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Tracker Lab Manual LaTex Source 

These are the LaTeX files, videos, and Tracker files for each experiment. Unzip this file and place all of the folders in the tracker-manual folder. The movie bicycle-wheel.mov file was removed because it was too large to upload to Compadre. Contact Aaron Titus if you would like the bicycle-wheel.mov video.

This file is available in multiple formats: .zip, .zip

Last Modified June 6, 2012

This file has previous versions.

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