First, the video analysis.
What is video analysis? The basic idea is to look at an object in each frame of a video in order to get the x-y-time data for that object. The program I like to use is called Tracker Video. It is free and runs in Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
Here is a super-short tutorial.
So, what should you do? You should find a video and use it to answer a question. Let me give you a couple of hints:
- If you want to pick (or create) your own video – make sure the camera doesn’t move. Also, the camera should be perpendicular to the motion of the object (otherwise you get perspective problems).
- Find a video for which you can answer a question. Here are some examples:
- How big is the bird in Angry Birds? Is the motion projectile motion or something else?
- What is the acceleration of a fungus spore?
- This one uses some more tricks, but it is still fun – Is this basketball shot real or fake?
- How tall is this guy?
- Can you jump off a building?
- A whole bunch of posts related to video analysis.
- Part 1: You will start with a program and model the motion of a spacecraft that only interacts with the Earth
- Part 2: This is similar to part 1, but it also includes the moon in the system (so it is the Earth-moon-spacecraft system)
- Part 3: This is similar to part 2, but you will create graphs to explore the energies of system.