Unformatted text preview: The paradox, then, is whether or not the pole “fits” in the barn. When the pole enters the barn, it will look like it fits from the point of view of the barn, but according to the pole’s reference frame it won’t fit. What if we try to close the doors of the barn as the pole passes through? From the barn it should be possible to trap the pole, from the point of view of the pole it is not. The paradox can be resolved by putting clocks on both ends of the pole. The clocks, in the reference frame of the pole, are in synch. But, from the point of view of the barn, the clocks show different times (the one in front shows an earlier time than the one at the back). So while the pole appears shorter from the point of view of the barn, one is really observing the pole in different points in time so it appears shorter....
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- Fall '08
- Special Relativity, Barn, Pole, Steve Beckley, Andrew Dixon, Seta Degann