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The Lorentz Transformation Quiz

Author:

Tickner, Clive

Category:

Essays

Sub-Category:

Relativity Theory

Language:

English

Date Published:

March 24, 2017

Downloads:

106

Keywords:

Lorentz, Galilean transformation, time dilation, length contraction, light clock, light reflection, frames of reference, photons, speed of light, reciprocal events, moving observers, mathematics

Abstract:

Lorentz transformations have a number of unintuitive features that do not appear in Galilean transformations. For example, they reflect the fact that observers moving at different velocities may measure different distances, elapsed times, and even different orderings of events, but always such that the speed of light is the same in all inertial reference frames. This gives rise to many awkward questions- asked here. The final result may not comply with current physics!

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