Unformatted text preview: in a passing ship, S , moving in the positive xdirection with speed v , is using coordinates ( x , t ) to describe the same event. Assume their origins coincide at t = t = 0. Write down the transformation, i.e., the relation between ( x, t ) and ( x , t ). Use intuition from everyday life, no special relativity for slow moving ships. .. b. Jack’s people will try to measure the length of Jane’s (moving) ship using two simultaneous events occurring at: ( x 1 , t 1 ) ( x 2 , t 2 ) such that t 1 = t 2 and x 1 is noting the position of one end of the ship, while x 2 is noting the position of the other end. In Jane’s frame her ship is not moving. She will observe these two events separated by a distance x 2x 1 . What is this distance? Now use the transformations to ﬁgure out what t 2t 1 must be and x 2x 1 must be. 1...
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 Physics, Special Relativity, Frame of reference, galilean relativity

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