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Nature cheats, twins paradox

  1. Jul 27, 2015 #1
    Dear PF Forum,
    After all these post'. I want to know that my understanding of twins paradox is close enough.
    So, Green travels, Blue stays.
    Blue keeps sending signal, Green bounces the signal.
    Doppler factor = 1/4, so ##\frac{1}{4} = \frac{1-v}{1+v}; v = 0.6##
    And at event T0 (from B), Green changes direction. Blue can calculate the doppler effect and position, and know that G is at B.
    At event A (above) Blue thinks that Green is at A1. Blue never knows that Green has changed frame.
    And at event C (above) while Blue thinks that Green is at C1, suddenly the Doppler factor changes. From 0.25 to 4. Then Blue realize that Green is not at C1 but at C2. That Green has suddenly jump from a distance to a spot at C2.
    So it mustn't be Green. It's something else who looks like Green whose time is dilated, and now Green's clock is speeding up from event C (above) until they meet. But the speeding up can catch up Blue's clock.
    So, nature cannot be fooled, but nature fools B.
    And for Green, at event T0, Green will see that Blue whose time is dilated, but now Blue's clock is speeding up and catches up Green's clock and still going on until they meet.
    Is this how Twins Paradox work?
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  3. Jul 27, 2015 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    No. At event B, Green changes direction. As you go on to point out, Blue does not know about Green's change in direction until he receives a light signal from event B and sees Green's Doppler shift change, which is at event C (or one of them--your event labeling is not very good since multiple events have a "C" next to them).

    No. Green doesn't "jump" at all; Green already changed direction, at event B. Event C is when Blue finds out about Green's change in direction and updates his model of Green's motion. Blue's model of Green's motion is not the same as Green's motion.

    No. As above, Blue's model of Green's motion is not the same as Green's motion. Here you are confusing the two.

    No. At event B, Green sees Blue's Doppler shift change. But at event B, Green is not seeing light signals from event T0; he's seeing light signals from an event on Blue's worldline that you've labeled "B", but which should have some different label to avoid confusion. Green does not see light from event T0 until later.

    Not really; you have made several conceptual errors. See above.
  4. Jul 28, 2015 #3
    Okay,... there are three section (A)Above, (G)Green, (B)Below. So the events labeled as CB, BB, AB for below. CG, BG, AG and CA,BA,AA.
    I prefer to use 1 letter event so the picture won't be crowded.
    First before I response to your post. I would like to ask a simple question:
    Rule of the game:
    AB sends signal to AG containing his own clock. AG bounces back the signal to AA with AB clock and AG clock.
    BB sends signal to BG containing... ( the same rule).
    So, at
    Event AA:
    AA clock: 3200
    AG clock: 2000 (is this relevant to our calculation?)
    AB clock: 800

    Event BA
    BA clock: 4000
    BG clock: 2500 (is this relevant?)
    BB clock: 1000,

    So (BA-AA) = 800; (BB-AB) = 200; Doppler factor is 4. What V, ##4 = \frac{1+V}{1-V}; V = 0.6##

    So speed is 0.6c.
    Direction: Green is receding.
    Question: Can Blue calculate where Green is?
  5. Jul 28, 2015 #4


    Staff: Mentor

    Based on what information? If you mean, based on the information he receives prior to event BA, no, he can't, because he hasn't yet seen Green change direction. Based on information he receives after event BA, yes, he can, because he has now seen Green change direction.
  6. Jul 28, 2015 #5
    What if we shift BA, BG, BG 1 milisecond below. Just before Green changes direction.
    Can Blue determine Green position?
    But how do Blue knows that Blue can/cannot determine Green direction?
    And how do Blue knows that Green has/hasn't changed direction.
    I just want to know about particular answer.
    We see something blue-shifted. We substract it with doppler factor, and we "know" it's not violet, it's somewhat "orange"
    We see a clock's speeding toward us, we subtract it with doppler factor, actually it's a little bit slower than our clocks.
    We see a clock's runs slow, we subtract it with doppler factor, actually it's not that slow. It moves away from us.
    Speed? We know at once from dopper factor.
    What about distance?
  7. Jul 28, 2015 #6


    Staff: Mentor

    Same answer as before: if Blue doesn't yet have the information that Green changed direction, then Blue's calculation of Green's position might be incorrect.

    He doesn't, if he hasn't yet seen Green change direction. Blue's information about Green is always "delayed", because it takes light time to travel from Green to Blue. That's always going to be true. I don't see why it's a problem.
  8. Jul 28, 2015 #7


    Staff: Mentor

    The Doppler shift alone can't tell you about distance. You need some other information. For example, in your scenario, Green starts out co-located with Blue, so Blue knows where Green was at that instant; and if Blue has continuous observations of Green's Doppler shift, he can calculate where Green is up to the point when Green emitted the light Blue is receiving at a given instant. To calculate anything about Green after that point, Blue must make some assumption about how Green moves after the last point Blue actually observed him. Again, this is always going to be true, and I don't see why it's a problem.
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