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There are 5 NRICH Mathematical resources connected to Relative velocity, you may find related items under Mechanics.

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Take a Message Soldier

Age 14 to 18 Challenge Level:

A messenger runs from the rear to the head of a marching column and back. When he gets back, the rear is where the head was when he set off. What is the ratio of his speed to that of the column?

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Which Twin Is Older?

Age 16 to 18

A simplified account of special relativity and the twins paradox.

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In Constantly Passing

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

A car is travelling along a dual carriageway at constant speed. Every 3 minutes a bus passes going in the opposite direction, while every 6 minutes a bus passes the car travelling in the same. . . .

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Escalator

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

At Holborn underground station there is a very long escalator. Two people are in a hurry and so climb the escalator as it is moving upwards, thus adding their speed to that of the moving steps. . . .

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Stonehenge

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Explain why, when moving heavy objects on rollers, the object moves twice as fast as the rollers. Try a similar experiment yourself.