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Basic Lorentz Transform widget

  1. Mar 10, 2013 #1

    Dale

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    I have recently found that Mathematica has a "reader" which allows interactive calculations and plots to be shared. Here is a simple example, please let me know if there is interest in more such widgets.
     

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  3. Mar 10, 2013 #2

    PAllen

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    Where do you get the reader? My browser has no idea what to do with this file. I assume it's free a la the pdf reader versus document creator? If this is to be used on PF, we should have a ling somewhere to download the reader, as this is not something people are likely to have (unlike pdf).
     
  4. Mar 11, 2013 #3

    ghwellsjr

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    I think you need Mathematica.
     
  5. Mar 11, 2013 #4

    Dale

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  6. Mar 11, 2013 #5

    ghwellsjr

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    After I installed the player, it said that it wasn't working but I went ahead and ran the widget and it did work. I did this on a Windows 7 64-bit machine with IE9.

    I clicked on the three + signs to expand the controls which I think is very important to do. I found one minor problem. Whenever the x' value is zero, it displays an incorrectly formatted very small number with an exponent. For example, set t=5, x=3, v=0.6.

    I thought this was only going to be a conversion of x and t coordinates from one frame to another moving at some v and it does that but in addition, it makes a Minkowski diagram showing the two frames.
     
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