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Help with relativity [relativistic rocket]

  1. Jun 20, 2008 #1
    I'm over my head and need help for a story I am writing. I would like the science to be correct. I'm not sure I'm even phrasing the problem correctly, but here goes.

    Suppose a space ship will travel to a star that appears 10 light years from earth. The space ship will accelerate at 0.1 g (as experienced by the ship) for half the trip then turn around and accelerate the opposite rest of the time. What would be the integrals for determining the proper time and the time as it appears to people on earth?


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  3. Jun 20, 2008 #2


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  4. Jun 20, 2008 #3
    Thank you very much. It appears that I'll have to cheat. :(
  5. Jun 20, 2008 #4


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    I just realized that page just shows the results of doing the integral, not the integral itself. I'm sure it's been discussed here before. Try the following Google search:

    "relativistic rocket" integral site:physicsforums.com

    and poke around in the old threads that this turns up. To broaden the search outside of PF, leave off the site:physicsforums.com bit.
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