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Sep3005, 03:50 PM

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The eccentricity of an ellipse is equal to the time dialation coefficient (or its inverse?) where a is any value representing the velocity of light and b is a value less than a (obviously) representing some value of velocity.
I know how the relativistic transformation is derived, but dont know how the eccentricity of an ellipse is derived, perhaps that is why it surprised me. I just find it pretty neat how a ratio between distances in a simple shape have implications in special relativity. 


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