1E10.10 - Frames of Reference - Car and Moving Sheet

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Demo Title:
Frames of Reference - Car and Moving Sheet
Area of Study:
Motorized car, blocks, fiber board sheet, suction cups.

Place the car on the sheet so that it is pointed in the desired direction and release.  You may move the sheet in the same, opposite, or perpendicular direction that the car is moving.  Use the blocks to mark your reference points. 

  • Christopher Chiaverina, "The Versatile Constant Velocity Car", TPT, Vol. 58, #7, Oct. 2020, p. 524.
  • James Vetrone, "Friction Block Used for Demonstrating Vectors", TPT, Vol. 56, #8, Nov. 2018, p. 551.
  • Joshua Grossman, "Frames of Reference in the Classroom", TPT, Vol. 50, # 9, Dec. 2012, p. 548.
  • Donna Berry Conner, "A Quantitative Demonstration of Relative Velocities", A Potpourri of Physics Teaching Ideas, p. 2.
  • Borislaw Bilash and David Maiullo, "Why Did the Boat Cross the River?", A Demo a Day: A Year of Physics Demonstrations, p. 38.
  • Borislaw Bilash II, “Frames of Reference“, A Demo A Day – A Year of Physical Science Demonstrations, p. 224.

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