Relative Velocity Simulation

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If your pupils think relative velocity is the velocity at which you can run away from your relatives, they need this simulation. Two bikers want to meet at a specific time. Scholars alter the velocity of one rider to arrange the perfectly timed meeting. The meeting can be observed from the point of view of a stationary observer or either of the bike riders.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss the application of relative velocity to space shuttles meeting the international space station
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a free CK-12 account to access the interactive
  • Assumes prior knowledge of reading and interpreting graphs
  • Simulation doesn't continue until the correct solution is given to each of three trials
  • Graphs the position of each rider versus the time
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