Author:
Parmanand Jagnandan

This is the first packet in a 4 part series of packets where we will be looking at understanding relative velocity between two objects.We will look at:

How the velocities of two objects are related when the objects are traveling in the same direction.

How the velocities of two objects are related when the objects are traveling in opposite directions.

How the velocities of two objects are related when objects are traveling at an angle to one another.

In this packet we will review the concept of relative velocity, define it, and go over some examples for the students understanding.

I provided a slideshow which presents the theory and governing equations associated with determining relative velocity between two objects and give 2 example problems on how to apply the governing equation.

Tutorial

The student should be familiar with Vectors and Scalars1, Vectors and Scalars 2, and Displacement and Velocity before beginning this packet. It will also be helpful to understand Pythagorean Theorem and how the basic Trigonometric Functions (Sin-Cos-Tan) work.