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Bertrand Boucquillon

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This is not a homework problem, just a technical question organized in a similar fashion

Lorentz contraction problem:

By Bertrand Boucquillon

Components of the problem:

- Bob (observer)

- 2 identical rods that both measure 1 meter. Let's call them rod X and rod Y

- Point A

- Point B

Scenario (step by step):

1) Bob is at point A, and is at rest with both rods in his hands

2) Bob throws rod X at 87% of the speed of light (.87c) at a target located at point B

3) rod X hits the target and is now at rest

4) Bob travels over to point B at walking speed, still holding rod Y in his hand

5) Bob is now at point B, at rest again, and grabs rod X from the target

6) Bob compares the length of rod X and rod Y

Question:

Is the length of rod X still the same as the length of rod Y? Please provide a detailed explanation of your answer and/or a source where the answer is explained properly.

By Bertrand Boucquillon

Components of the problem:

- Bob (observer)

- 2 identical rods that both measure 1 meter. Let's call them rod X and rod Y

- Point A

- Point B

Scenario (step by step):

1) Bob is at point A, and is at rest with both rods in his hands

2) Bob throws rod X at 87% of the speed of light (.87c) at a target located at point B

3) rod X hits the target and is now at rest

4) Bob travels over to point B at walking speed, still holding rod Y in his hand

5) Bob is now at point B, at rest again, and grabs rod X from the target

6) Bob compares the length of rod X and rod Y

Question:

Is the length of rod X still the same as the length of rod Y? Please provide a detailed explanation of your answer and/or a source where the answer is explained properly.