(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A spaceship has a speed of .8c relative to Earth. In its own reference fram, the length of this spaceship is 300m.

a.) consider a light emiited from the tail of this spaceship. In the reference frame of the spaceship, how long does this pulse take to reach the nose>

b.) In the reference frame of the Earth, how long does this take? Calculate this time directly from the motions of the spaceship and the light pulse; hen recalculate it by applying the Lorentz transformations to the result obtained in (a).

2. Relevant equations

[tex] t =\frac{t' + \frac{Vx'}{c^{2}}}{\sqrt{1-\frac{V^{2}}{c^{2}}}}

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3. The attempt at a solution

I think i have part a figured out.. All i did was divide 300 by c to get [tex] \Delta t' = 1.0*10^-6s[/tex]

b.) For this part, I cannot figure out how to do it without using the Lorentz transform directly like so:

[tex]t' = 1.0*10^-6s........

x' = 300m........

V = .8c

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[tex] t =\frac{1.0*10^-6s + \frac{.8c(300m)}{c^{2}}}{\sqrt{1-\frac{(.8c)^{2}}{c^{2}}}}

= 1.40 * 10^-6s [/tex]

I cannot do this though without the lorentz transform. We haven't gone over length contraction yet, so I cannot use it to determine the length of the spaceship in earths reference frame. If anyone could please help me get started on this I would appreciate it greatly!

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# Homework Help: Lorentz transformation problem

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