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Homework Help: Derive gamma(v)

  1. Aug 25, 2006 #1
    I would like to derive gamma(v), by starting with the galilean transformations for x and x'. Knowing that t=t'=0, if a light pulse is emitted at the origin of S then the ratio t'/t should somehow be eliminated from the two equations. From there, one can obtain gamma(v).

    Any ideas?
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  3. Aug 26, 2006 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    You derives [itex]\gamma[/itex] from the postulates of relativity. I would suggest you get a book on special relativity and see how it is derived.

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