A Classic Chase Problem Solved from a Physics Perspective
NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS MD DEPT OF PHYSICS
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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.
- Theoretical Mathematics
- Operations Research