Accession Number:

ADA574898

Title:

A Classic Chase Problem Solved from a Physics Perspective

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS MD DEPT OF PHYSICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

The trajectory, travel time and relative approach velocity of a pursuer tracking a prey along a simple curve of pursuit are deduced using basic principles of two-dimensional kinematics. While such curves are well known in the mathematics literature, little attention has been paid to this problem by the physics educational community, despite the fact that it has abundant physical applications. It also makes an interesting alternative to the traditional problems of introductory kinematics.

Subject Categories:

  • Theoretical Mathematics
  • Operations Research
  • Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE