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Acceleration and time question

  1. Dec 11, 2009 #1
    if two objects were accelerating on parallel lines, would it appear to an observer on one object that the distance apart was increasing, due to special relativity?
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  3. Dec 11, 2009 #2


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    Hi ErnieDouglas! Welcome to PF! :smile:
    If they're "level" with each other, definitely no

    "sideways" length is never altered.

    If they're not level, it depends how the accelerations are related …

    does a stationary observer regard one as always a constant distance ahead of the other (in which case, yes), or are they "rigidly" connected, like the front and back of a train (in which case, no)?
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