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Lorentz equation confusion

  1. Apr 26, 2012 #1
    I am confused of how to derive the Lorentz equation x = vt+x'/γ...if x' is the distance to an event according to O' and x is the distance to that same event according to O, then shouldnt the last term be x'γ not x'/γ, since x' is already contracted according to O, so to relate it to x, we would need to lengthen x' by the factor γ??
     
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  3. Apr 27, 2012 #2

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    A bit hard to answer without seeing the full text of whatever source you're looking at.
    Try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Length_contraction. If you find you have the same issue there, please indicate exactly which step bothers you.
     
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