Problem 9.8: Determine the transformation between frames of reference

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A physics student measures the position and velocity of the ball shown in the animation and reports the results to you in the table shown. You are viewing the same experiment from another reference frame (position is given in meters and time is given in seconds). Your values are shown next to the ball in the animation. Assume that your reference frame is an inertial reference frame and that both you and the other student use the same units for time and distance. Restart.

Do the following for each of the animations:

  1. Determine if the other student is in an inertial reference frame.
  2. Determine the transformation that transforms the x and v data from your frame to her frame.

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