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content provider: the American Museum of Natural History
In this interactive activity from the American Museum of Natural History, users explore how the apparent motion of an object depends on the observer's frame of reference. An animation of a basketball player bouncing a ball shows how the perceived motion of the ball depends on your point of view.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Relative Motion
= Moving Reference Frames
General Physics
- Measurement/Units
Relativity
- Reference Frames
- High School
- Middle School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Learners
- Parent/Guardians
- Educators
- General Publics
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© 2005 American Museum of Natural History and WGBH Educational Foundation, 2009
Keywords:
animation, inertial reference frame, interactive simulation, reference frames, simulation, special relativity
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created August 6, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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September 12, 2013 by Caroline Hall
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March 31, 2013
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Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas (K-12)

Forces and Motion (PS2.A)
  • All positions of objects and the directions of forces and motions must be described in an arbitrarily chosen reference frame and arbitrarily chosen units of size. In order to share information with other people, these choices must also be shared. (6-8)

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices (K-12)

Developing and Using Models (K-12)
  • Modeling in 6–8 builds on K–5 and progresses to developing, using and revising models to describe, test, and predict more abstract phenomena and design systems. (6-8)
    • Develop and use a model to describe phenomena. (6-8)

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
  • 9-12: 4F/H2. All motion is relative to whatever frame of reference is chosen, for there is no motionless frame from which to judge all motion.

10. Historical Perspectives

10A. Displacing the Earth from the Center of the Universe
  • 6-8: 10A/M1. Because every object is moving relative to some other object, no object has a unique claim to be at rest. Therefore, the idea of absolute motion or rest is misleading.
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AIP Format
(WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, 2005), WWW Document, (http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/lsps07.sci.phys.fund.frameref/frames-of-reference/).
AJP/PRST-PER
PBS Learning Media: Frames of Reference, (WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, 2005), <http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/lsps07.sci.phys.fund.frameref/frames-of-reference/>.
APA Format
PBS Learning Media: Frames of Reference. (2013, March 31). Retrieved December 16, 2017, from WGBH Educational Foundation: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/lsps07.sci.phys.fund.frameref/frames-of-reference/
Chicago Format
American Museum of Natural History. PBS Learning Media: Frames of Reference. Boston: WGBH Educational Foundation, March 31, 2013. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/lsps07.sci.phys.fund.frameref/frames-of-reference/ (accessed 16 December 2017).
MLA Format
PBS Learning Media: Frames of Reference. Boston: WGBH Educational Foundation, 2005. 31 Mar. 2013. American Museum of Natural History. 16 Dec. 2017 <http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/lsps07.sci.phys.fund.frameref/frames-of-reference/>.
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Is Associated With NOVA: Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity

A 7-minute video for secondary education that provides an introductory look at Einstein's thought experiment on inertial reference frames in special relativity.

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