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Unformatted text preview: Physics 344 Foundations of 21 st Century Physics: Relativistic and Quantum Systems Instructor: Dr. Mark Haugan Office: PHYS 282 haugan@purdue.edu TA: Dan Hartzler Office: PHYS 7 dhartzle@purdue.edu Grader: Fan Chen Office: PHYS 222 chen926@purdue.edu Office Hours: If you have questions, just email us to make an appointment. We enjoy talking about physics! Help Session: Thursdays 2:00 4:00 in PHYS 154 Reading: Sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 6.1 and 6.2 in Six Ideas that Shaped Physics, Unit R. The Relativity of Simultaneity Observers in relative motion through a relativistic Universe can disagree about whether or not pairs of events they observe occur at the same time or not. This was the case for the events E and 2 in the physical situation that we analyzed last lecture. This most basic relativistic phenomenon is the reason that the x axis of the inertial coordinate system S is inclined relative to the horizontal surfaces of simultaneity of the system S in this spacetime diagram drawn from the perspective of S . The two coordinate systems are shown in standard orientation relative to each other. 2 3 t 2 x 2 t t x E x Jack stands near a long straight section of track as a train car passes at constant speed V . Jill is sitting in the middle of the train car. Lighting strikes the front and back of the train leaving marks on both the train and the ground, events 1 and 2. Jacks measurements indicate that these lighting strikes both happened at time t = 0, the same time as Jill passes him, event 3. In other words, he finds that all three events are simultaneous. x z Jill Jack V a Spatial diagram Jacks frame t = 0 event 2 event 1 event 3 John Q1. Jills measurements of when these events happen indicate that A) 1 occurred after 2 B) 1 and 2 were simultaneous C) 1 occurred before 2 Q2. John happens to be standing at rest near the location on the track where lighting strikes the back of the train when it strikes, event 2. His measurements indicate that A) 1 occurred after 2 B) 1 and 2 were simultaneous C) 1 occurred before * * Completing the 2Frame Diagram Last time we showed that the Sframe spacetime coordinates of the events 2 and E are 2 3 t 2 x 2 t t x E x 3 2 2 / 2 (1 / ) E t L c t V c = = 3 2 2 / 2 (1 / ) E x LV c x V c = = 2 / (1 / ) L c t V c = 2 (1 / ) L x V c = and . For SR units set c = 1. 2 2 2 2 2 / (1 / ) (1 / ) (1 / ) E L LV c L x V c V c V c = = 2 2 2 2 2 2 / / / (1 / ) (1 / ) (1 / ) E L c L c LV c t V c V c V c = = 2 E t 2 E x So, since our 2frame diagram is drawn using SR units, the angle between the x and x axes has...
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