Throwing an object in a moving car

  • #1
is there an equation to describe object thrown from backseat to dashboard, in a sedan going 80 down the freeway
as compared to object thrown same distance outside of stationary vehicle?
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Answers and Replies

  • #2
Nugatory
Mentor
13,316
6,238
Try googling for "Galilean relativity", that will get you started.

The concept is pretty simple: if both objects are thrown with speed ##V## and cover a distance ##D## (so spend time ##T=D/V## in flight) according to the person doing the throwing, and for simplicity both throws happen at the same time, street guy will say that the car object was thrown with speed ##80+V##; car guy will say that the street object was thrown with speed ##80-V##. Both will agree that the object spent the same amount of time in flight, and distance=speed*time will get the distance traveled and the position of both objects at any moment according to either of them.
 
  • Like
Likes QuantumQuest

Related Threads on Throwing an object in a moving car

Replies
4
Views
636
Replies
14
Views
5K
Replies
15
Views
1K
Replies
2
Views
939
  • Last Post
Replies
10
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
5K
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
773
  • Last Post
Replies
11
Views
2K
Replies
7
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
482
Top