Problem: A person sitting in an enclosed train car, moving at constant velocity, throws a ball straight up into the air in her reference frame.Where does the ball land?What is your answer if the car accelerates?What is your answer if the car decelerates?What is your answer if the car rounds a curve?What is your answer if the car moves with constant velocity but is open to the air?

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A person sitting in an enclosed train car, moving at constant velocity, throws a ball straight up into the air in her reference frame.

Where does the ball land?

What is your answer if the car accelerates?

What is your answer if the car decelerates?

What is your answer if the car rounds a curve?

What is your answer if the car moves with constant velocity but is open to the air?

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