MadSci Network: Physics

Subject: How do you bounce a ball and catch it on a train?

Date: Wed Jan 2 13:33:22 2002
Posted by Rebecca
Grade level: undergrad School: Houston Baptist University
City: Houston State/Province: TX Country: USA
Area of science: Physics
ID: 1009996402.Ph

If you are travelling in space, say on a train, how can you bounce a ball and 
be able to catch it as if when you are stationary?  To an observer on the 
ground it would appear that the ball travelled at the rate of the train's speed 
between bounce and catch.  How is this possible?  

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