Physics from the Past: Introduction to Frames of Reference (1960)

| February 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this educational film the fundamental ideas of physics are introduced through fun demonstrations. In particular, professors Patterson Hume and Donald Ivey explain the idea of relative frames of reference and why they are important in physics. This naturally leads to a discussion of Galilean transformations and some relativity. Finally, some fictitious forces are introduced.

The video dates back to 1960 and was meant to be show to high school physics students. The film’s humor and clever camera tricks turned it into a bit of a hit online.

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