The natural motions around us occur in 3dimensional
space. Whether these motions are small, large, simple, or complex,
investigating the natural motions that interest us, and explaining
their behavior enriches the study of motion. It brings greater
engagement to the study of mathematics, kinematics, and Newton's
laws.
Motion Visualizer 3D captures
a natural motion and instantaneously displays it on a graph. Students
see the 3dimensional motions in the world around them represented
in a 3dimensional spatial graph that they can turn to view from
any perspective.
For example, here Motion Visualizer 3D captured
the motion of a freeswinging pendulum. This data clearly shows
the precession of the freeswinging pendulum and how it varies
in the x and ycoordinates.
The
3dimensional spatial graph forms a concrete reference from which
the variables of position, velocity, and acceleration can be extracted
and displayed on conventional kinematics graphs that are correlated
back to the physical event that caused the motion.
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of the 3D graph
In this way, Motion Visualizer 3D bridges the gap
between the 3dimensional world and the graphic representations
that are central to the study of motion.
