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This web page contains a free video software tool to perform kinematic analysis of experiments captured in short video clips.  Its features include position, velocity, and acceleration tracking, multiple reference frames, and model analysis.  Students can analyze the motion of objects in a video and overlay simple dynamical models on the video to see how well the model matches the real world.  Advanced students can also analyze spectra and interference patterns.  A detailed "help" section is available to users who are newcomers to video analysis software.  This is an open source program, part of the Open Source Physics project.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
- Motion in Two Dimensions
General Physics
- Measurement/Units
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Curriculum support
= Laboratory
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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Douglas Brown
Keywords:
spectrum analysis, video analysis
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Metadata instance created October 1, 2004 by Bruce Mason
Record Updated:
October 26, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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This resource is part of 3 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Teaching About Waves and Wave Energy

If you have not yet used video analysis software with your students, be prepared for a paradigm shift in your teaching!  This resource provides free software called "Tracker", developed to help students closely analyze the motion of objects in a short video clip.  It also allows them to create dynamical models that overlay the video to see how well the model matches the real world.  Detailed instructions are provided.  And it's free.

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Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Types of Mechanical Waves

This is a free video software tool for analyzing the motion captured in short video clips.  Its features include position, velocity, and acceleration tracking, multiple reference frames, and model analysis.  Students can analyze the motion of objects in a video and overlay simple dynamical models on the video to see how well the model matches the real world.  A detailed "help" section is available to users who are newcomers to video analysis software.

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Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: How Waves Move and Interact: Reflection, Refraction, Interference

This resource provides free software called "Tracker", developed to help students closely analyze the motion of objects in a short video clip.  It also allows them to create dynamical models that overlay the video to see how well the model matches the real world.  Detailed instructions are provided.  And it's free.

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D. Brown, (2004), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/OSP/webdocs/Tools.cfm?t=Tracker).
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D. Brown, Tracker Video Analysis, (2004), <http://www.compadre.org/OSP/webdocs/Tools.cfm?t=Tracker>.
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Brown, D. (2004). Tracker Video Analysis. Retrieved November 1, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/OSP/webdocs/Tools.cfm?t=Tracker
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Brown, Douglas. Tracker Video Analysis. 2004. http://www.compadre.org/OSP/webdocs/Tools.cfm?t=Tracker (accessed 1 November 2014).
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Brown, Douglas. Tracker Video Analysis. 2004. 1 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/OSP/webdocs/Tools.cfm?t=Tracker>.
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Tracker Video Analysis:

Covers the Same Topic As PhET Simulation: The Moving Man

The Moving Man simulation can be used as a virtual tutorial for kinematics.

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This item is a set of three high-quality video clips of wave propagation on a Slinky spring.  Due to the high-speed format of the camera, analysis software is easily synched for frame-by-frame stepping.

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