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B In a cyclotron, the time to make it all the way around is Different

  1. Jun 15, 2017 #1
    Can I apply the formula t= gamma * t' if the path is Circular?
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    Why would you want to do that ?
  4. Jun 15, 2017 #3

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    That formula is important for GPS location. But there is another term, due to the centripetal acceleration, that also depends on the observer's location.
  5. Jun 15, 2017 #4


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    Are you trying to talk about gravitational time dilation in the context of a centrifugal acceleration field? Sounds like hogwash.
  6. Jun 15, 2017 #5


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    Yes. In special relativity the only thing that matters is the instantaneous speed, and that's constant here.

    You can prove it by integrating the interval along the circular path of you want.
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