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Length contraction 2

  1. Apr 1, 2009 #1
    I understand the explanation for time dilation involving the light clock on the spaceship, or a train. But what is used to explain length contraction. Is there another example that is used involving a light beam and a spaceship.
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  3. Apr 2, 2009 #2


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    The first situation used a light clock oriented transverse (perpendicular) to the direction of relative motion to reveal time dilation.

    Now, use a light clock oriented longitudinally (parallel) to the direction of relative motion... and require that one tick of this clock has the same duration as that of the first clock.

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    Last edited: Apr 2, 2009
  4. Apr 2, 2009 #3
    Thanks robphy. I think I understand it now.
  5. Apr 2, 2009 #4
    Well if you understand time dilation you are doing well, very well, indeed. I came across this recently and while I believe it's correct, it sure is interesting.....anybody like to explain it???

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