NSDL teaching resources related to “reference frame”

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.

Frames of Reference: The Basics

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This web site contains an elementary discussion of the physics of airplane flight. Concepts of frames of reference and vectors are used to explore lift, drag, and thrust for wings swept backward or forward and to propellers. The linked web page contains a discussion about the dependence of lift and drag on speed and altitude, using the “Voyager” non-stop flight around the world as an example. There is also a link to a related lesson plan.

Airplane Flight

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This site offers information on inertia and relativity. It begins with a discussion on how this idea evolved and changed over time to become the theory it is today.

Inertia and Relativity

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