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Unformatted text preview: in a passing ship, S , moving in the positive x-direction 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. Jacks people will try to measure the length of Janes (moving) ship using two simultane-ous 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 Janes frame her ship is not moving. She will observe these two events separated by a distance x 2-x 1 . What is this distance? Now use the transformations to gure out what t 2-t 1 must be and x 2-x 1 must be. 1...
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2010 for the course PHYSICS 7C taught by Professor Lin during the Fall '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.
- Fall '08