# Naked Science Forum

## Non Life Sciences => Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology => Topic started by: John on 27/09/2008 11:07:33

Title: Can a fly travel faster than a train?
Post by: John on 27/09/2008 11:07:33

If I am sitting on a train moving at a velocity v, and there is a fly moving in the same direction as the train at a velocity relative to me, say u, does that mean that, relative to a specific point on the track behind the train, the fly is moving with a velocity v+u?

If this is the case then does this mean a fly can travel faster than a train?

What do you think?
Title: Can a fly travel faster than a train?
Post by: lightarrow on 27/09/2008 12:49:22

If I am sitting on a train moving at a velocity v, and there is a fly moving in the same direction as the train at a velocity relative to me, say u, does that mean that, relative to a specific point on the track behind the train, the fly is moving with a velocity v+u?
Of course.

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If this is the case then does this mean a fly can travel faster than a train?
It depends on the meaning you give to that phrase.
Title: Can a fly travel faster than a train?
Post by: DoctorBeaver on 27/09/2008 17:35:11
If it's a Virgin train, then yes  [:D]
Title: Re: Can a fly travel faster than a train?
Post by: Lijinae on 19/02/2019 21:19:57
Japan trains that goes 400 km/h)
But prefer plane)
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Title: Re: Can a fly travel faster than a train?
Post by: yor_on on 19/02/2019 21:49:33
That's about frames of reference. The flies frame of reference is the train (presumably uniformly moving ). And whatever speed it define from that is related to the flies observation of the train as 'unmoving'. A passenger watching the fly and the trains 'speedometer' ahem, 'simultaneously' might want to define it otherwise :), but he would be wrong.
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Damn, got sucked in by a 'necroed' thread again..