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# ProblemSet1 - Problem Set 1 Physics 2216 Due Thursday 1 In...

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Problem Set 1 Physics 2216 : Due Thursday, 01/26/2012 1. In this problem, we will investigate the Michelson-Morley experiment in a bit more depth. Our apparatus is as shown below, two mirrors at 90 to one another, one mirror axis along the direction of motion and the other mirror perpendicular to the direction of motion. The mirrors are a distance L from the source / detector (in the real experiment, this was a half-silvered mirror at 45 acting as a beam splitter). Let’s start by working under Michelson’s and Morley’s original assumptions which were that a) the earth is moving with a velocity V relative to the luminiferous ether, and b) that the speed of light is not absolute in all reference frames, but is always c relative to the ether only . a) Calculate the expected amount of time, t 1 , that it would take to travel along the first path : from the emitter, to mirror A, and back to the emitter. Again, remember that we are calculating what Michelson and Morley would have assumed, given there was an ether.

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