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    Thought Expirement, Tethered Spacecraft travelling near light speed

    Ok so if I follow what you are saying, in ship two I observe the chord dispensing at .99447c, but I also observe many times the number of dots pass by than I would expect to at rest or in low speed. IE at .1c I would observed 1 dot (not correct with your numbers but I don't feel like doing...
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    Thought Expirement, Tethered Spacecraft travelling near light speed

    The spindle wasn't really my concern. I was just trying to describe a way to freely release chord that would instantaneously be at the relative velocity of the two ships. I was trying to reconcile the fact that after the two ships come to a complete stop and one got walked the chord you would...
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    Thought Expirement, Tethered Spacecraft travelling near light speed

    Right, the relative velocity is that on ship 2 (the one with the spindle) yes? But.... if I have dispensed chord at a rate of .99447c, then my spindle has released .99447c*x length of chord yes? (x being the the time measured on the ship). Maybe I am measuring the weight of my spindle as it...
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    Thought Expirement, Tethered Spacecraft travelling near light speed

    I have two spacecraft originating from the same point each at velocity .9c in opposite directions. One spacecraft has a chord attached to it rigidly. The other has a spindle attached that can freely unwind the chord with no friction. We can measure the speed of the chord unwinding on this...
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    The part of relativity I never got, reference frame

    Thanks, that makes sense. I guess I get caught up thinking, one can leave earth and get to the planet (for the sake of argument with zero relative speed to the earth) 1000 years later and it would be 1000 years later for both planets. But that distinction doesn't really hold up when you have to...
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    The part of relativity I never got, reference frame

    So I was pondering long distance space travel. As I understand it, if you can accelerate a vessel, say over the course of a year, to near light speeds, you can cover very very long distances in a very short period of time(as measured on your on space ship) due to the effects of relativity...
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    Statement of Purpose length

    How long should a statement of purpose be? I had an idea of what the optimal length would be, but I realize now it may be a bit long. The application for UT says it should be 2 pages or less. The online form lets you input exactly 2 full pages single spaced size 12 font. I wrote up my...
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    Schools Applying for grad school, do I need to send transcripts from Dual Cred HS class?

    I'm applying for graduate schools (3 of them) and obviously I need to send my undergrad transcripts. But they do say all post secondary education. I took dual credit classes in High School that I got Longview community college credit and UMKC credit for. Do I need to list this these colleges in...
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    Schools Mechanical engineering Grad School- MEMS

    Thats a good warning, I'll be expected to graduate as fast as possible and maintain grades. I like research personally, but I don't think my employer will want to pay for me to do any, especially since they won't be sending me with a project. I may have to exclude any Universities that demand...
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    Schools Mechanical engineering Grad School- MEMS

    Oddly enough, I think my manager may have listed a technical need in mems without having a real need, we work with miniature gears and systems, not really on micro or nano scale. So the closest thing would be micro-mechanics, not heat transfer or fluids or anything. I had heard about rice, nano...
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    Schools Mechanical engineering Grad School- MEMS

    guess the topic is a bit too specialized
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    Schools Mechanical engineering Grad School- MEMS

    Hey, my company may be sending me to get a masters in mechanical engineering, particularly for small electromechanical engineering. It's not quite MEMS, but I think MEMS best applies and that was specifically what my manager is asking for. So, what grad schools have good MEMS programs...
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