Inertial Frame of Reference: Definition & Example


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Inertia is the property of mass in which an object at rest wants to stay at rest, and an object that is moving wants to _____.

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1. Which one of the following is true of centrifugal force?

2. In physics, frames of reference are classified by two main types: _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The inertial frame of reference explains why objects either stay at rest or move at a constant velocity. This quiz and worksheet combination will help you better understand this concept. The quiz questions will test you on the definition of inertia, the characteristics of forces, and how Newton's first law relates to this concept.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of inertia
  • Characteristics of forces
  • Types of forces and their relationship to inertia
  • Newton's first law as it relates to inertial and non-inertial frames of reference

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on inertia from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the inertial frame of reference in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding centrifugal force

Additional Learning

Check out the lesson named Inertial Frame of Reference: Definition & Example to study more about these objectives:

  • Define the non-inertial frame of reference
  • Differentiate between the inertial and non-inertial frame of reference
  • Understand what a pseudo force is
  • Define and differentiate between the various types of forces discussed