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book, and for the sheer heck of it, I decided to see what it would be like if my dog, Little

Ann, were sped up to relativistic speeds. I decided to try to calculate it using the equations

provided by the book I was using. I’m pretty sure that I’ve done this right, but I would like to be 100% sure, so I’d really appreciate it if someone could tell me whether or not I’ve done these calculations correctly.

Little Ann weighs about 63 pounds. She is about 39 inches long, give or take about two inches (she wiggled a lot when I measured her). Since the equations have to be in meters, let's convert 39 inches into .9906 meters. I wanted to see what it would be like if Little Ann were sped up to 99.9 percent the speed of light (ignoring the fact that speeds that high would kill her).

So I took the equation for Lorentz contraction:

L=(1-u^2)^½

=(1-.999^2)^½

= (.0447101778)(.9906)

=.0442899021 meters

=1.743697 +/- 2 inches

So Lorentz contraction would make her around 1.74 inches long +/- about two inches. ( I know that’s not very precise, but it was the best I could do given that she is so hyperactive.)

Then I calculated mass distortion:

M=(1-.999^2)^-½

M=22.4

(63 lbs)(22.36627204)=1409.075139 lbs.

Again, I’m pretty sure I did this right, but I would appreciate it if someone could verify that everything is correct.