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View Resource Inertial Frames, Newtonian Mechanics and Why the Laws are the Same in the Train and on the Platform

This web page describes inertial and non-inertial frames of reference, the latter being frames where Newton's laws do not hold. The text explains "fictitious forces", the centrifugal force and the Coriolis force, that enable Newton's laws to describe motion in a non-inertial frame. An animation shows the motion of a ball rolling on a merry-go-round as seen both from the merry-go-round and from...

View Resource Physics Classroom: Projectile Motion

Created by Tom Henderson of Physics Classroom.com, this seven-part resource is an excellent introduction to the characteristics of projectile motion and how projectiles are described numerically. Through in-depth explanations and animations, it explores vertical acceleration and explains why there are no horizontal forces acting upon projectiles, a common student misconception. The last two...

View Resource The Equivalence Principle: True or False?

This site discusses the equivalence principle, which states that an acceleration effect (inertia) and a gravitational one (attraction between two gravitational masses) are equivalent. The site demonstrates an experiment that demonstrates its validity. Galileo and Einstein's contributions to the principle are also discussed.

View Resource Frames of Reference

Authored and curated by David P. Stern, this is a lesson plan for teaching frames of reference. It is linked to text material on reference frames, aberration of light, and a very short introduction to the foundations of special relativity. This is a part of the larger site: "Stargazers to Starships" which teaches physics through astronomy and space science. The site provides additional links for...

View Resource Newton's Laws

Authored and curated by David P. Stern, this series of web pages, part of "From Stargazers to Starships," describes Newton's three laws of motion and the two concepts on which they are based, force and inertia. The author breaks down the page in this fashion: the concept of force, motion against outside resistance, and motion with significant resistance. The author also provides additional links...

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