# weightless

### The vomit comet bus

Check this out (saw it on the interwebs): It's this video inside a bus of a girl hitting the roof. My first thought was: well, she just jumped. But something was odd. She was in the air too long. Well, of course this calls for a video analysis (using Tracker Video Analysis). Actually, it is a good candidate for analysis. Primarily because the motion happens right next to the back of the bus and the bus can be considered the reference frame. The only problem is the scale. I totally guessed that the back window was 3 feet, but not sure this even matters. Here is the motion of the girl…

### Acceleration of a jump on the moon

Yesterday, I uploaded a post from my old site about slowing down time to make videos look like they were on the moon. If you haven't read that, the short story is that it doesn't look right when speed Apollo videos up so that the acceleration is -9.8 m/s2. What started that whole thing was an even earlier post. Here is an example of using video analysis (Tracker Video Analysis) to measure the acceleration of a jumping astronaut on the moon. In this case, it is the famous "jump salute" from Apollo 16 astronaut John Young. First, thanks John (or whoever videoed it). This is a good video for…

### WALL-E Gravity and Air

I finally saw the movie WALL-E. Good flick, I liked it. There was, however, one part I must comment on. You know I can't help myself. I feel like the shark Bruce in Finding Nemo. I try not to attack, but there is a tiny drop of blood in the water. Here is the scene that I want to talk about: I guess I should give a spoiler alert. Although, I will not talk about the plot of the movie. In this scene, WALL-E is hitching a ride on this space craft. The space craft is entering a hanger deck of a space station. While the hanger door is still open, WALL-E is clearly hanging on so that he…

### Gravity, Weightlessness, and Apparent Weight

In my classes, I like to bring up the question: *Why do astronauts float around in space?* The most common response to this question is that they float around because there is no gravity in space. Some people take this a small step further and say that there is no gravity in space because there is no air in space. This is why they claim there is no gravity on the moon (even though there is - more on this later). I like to start off with the concept of gravity. Gravity is an attractive force between any two objects with mass. Your pencil and your dog both have mass so there is a force pulling…