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Learning objects River currents


Steer a motor boat to moorings in a river. Adjust boat speed and direction to allow for water current movements. Change the frame of reference between the boat, buoy and water current. Use vectors and trigonometry to calculate relationships between angles, speed, distance and time. Answer questions about frames of reference for cars and roads. This learning object is one in a series of three learning objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students analyse the relative motion of objects by using vectors.
  • Students explore relationships between scalar and vector values.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics;
  • science
  • Science/Physical sciences
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Motion
    • Science/Simple experiments
    • Science/Quantitative data
    • Mathematics/Trigonometry
    • Mathematics/Simultaneous equations
    • Mathematics/Spatial patterns
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: Australian Science Teachers Association
    • Address: Canberra ACT 2600 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
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    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.