(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A clock moves along the x axis at a speed of 0.590c and reads zero as it passes the origin.

What time does the clock read as it passes x = 180 m?

2. Relevant equations

I believe that this is some sort of basic Lorentz Transformation, but I have just started learning about relativity so I might be wrong.

[tex]\Delta x' = \gamma(\Delta x - v\Delta t)[/tex]

[tex]\Delta t' = \gamma(\Delta t - v\Delta x/c^2)[/tex]

3. The attempt at a solution

I started by putting these variables into the second equation

x= 180m

v= .590c

t= 0s

[tex]\gamma [/tex]=1.269

[tex]\Delta t' = \gamma(\Delta t - v\Delta x/c^2)[/tex]

[tex]\Delta t' = 1.269(0 - (180m)(.590c)/c^2)[/tex]

This gave me -4.49537e-7 secs which was wrong. I'm most confused on what conditions are used to determine whether given variables are regular or prime (').

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# Homework Help: Basic Relativity Problem

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