Frames of Reference
This PSSC film made in 1960 is one of the finest physics films ever made. All students should see it at some point in their studies.
See the article '"Frames of Reference" revisited' by Alistair Steyn-Ross and Donald G Ivey, American Journal of Physics 60(12), 1069-1085, December 1992, which contains an annotated script of the film and stills. A copy may be found in the Demonstration files.
We have the film in 16 mm format, VHS and laser disc. The disc version is recommended for use in lectures. Chapter and frame numbers refer to this laser disc version. Chapter titles are taken from the directory on the disc. Chapter barcodes are available.
||Frames of Reference
||Earth as a Frame of Reference
||Free Fall on Cart at Constant Velocity
||Free Fall in Slow Motion with a Fixed Frame of Reference
||Free Fall in Slow Motion with a Moving Frame of Reference
||Free Fall in Slow Motion without a Frame of Reference
||Spot Rotating in a Moving Frame of Reference
||Comparing Velocities in Different Frames of Reference
||Formulas for Comparing Velocities in Different Frames of Reference
||Free Fall on Accelerated Cart Relative to Earth as a Frame of Reference
||Free Fall on Accelerated Cart with Slow Motion Camera
||Inertial Frame of Reference and Fictitious Force
||Puck with Rotating Frame of Reference
||Puck with Fixed Frame of Reference
||Puck with Centripetal/Centrifugal Force
||Puck with Fictitious Force
||The Earth and Fictitious Forces
||The Earth and the Foucault Pendulum
||Frames of Reference Credits
Disclaimer: All demonstrations are posted for the convenience and benefit of faculty and staff in the Department of Physics at Simon Fraser University and are not intended for outside use. The author(s) assume no responsibility or liability for the use of information contained on this site. Warnings and precautionary measures listed on this site assume normal operation of equipment and are not inclusive. Demonstrations may pose a significant hazard and can, in some instances, result in death; reasonable safety precautions must be taken. Demonstrations should be performed by qualified individuals only.
Prepared by Jeff Rudd, 1999
Revised by Laura Schmidt, 2007