Astro Academy: Principia - collisions

This collection of videos show ESA Astronaut, Tim Peake, on the International Space Station, demonstrating the physics of collisions.  In this free-fall environment, Tim can demonstrate how objects collide without the observed effects of gravitational acceleration with similar experiments performed in the classroom.  The resources also contain videos where the motion has been tracked using free online software, called Tracker.  The Tracker files are also provided as part of the resources.

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Collisions: two equal mass head on side view

Collisions: equal mass straight (x-t)

Collisions: two equal mass head on side view

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The Tracker files are provided in a zip...

Collisions: two equal mass head on above (drift)

Collisions: two equal mass head on above (drift)

Collisions: equal mass oblique (x-t)

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The Tracker files are provided in a...

Collisions: oblique collision

Collisions: oblique collision

Collisions: equal mass glancing blow (x-t)

Collisions: equal mass 45deg (x-t)

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The...

Collisions: inelastic large spin

Inelastic large spin

This video shows Tim Peake, on the International Space Station, demonstrating an inelastic collision between two balls. Teachers’ notes can be found here. 

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