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Homework Help: New to Lorentz Transformation

  1. Sep 2, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    2 INERTIAL frames S and S':

    Coordinates of S: (x,y,z,t)
    Coordinates of S': (x',y',z',t')


    x': x-ut
    y': y
    z': z
    t': t

    The point is how do you convert the coordinates of S' to the ones in Lorentz transformation. I know the formulas but I do not know how to derive them. I'm new to this concept. No complicated things.. :P

    I know the meaning of Lorentz factor... so yeah.
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 2, 2011 #2
    You have quoted the Galilean transformations. You can have a look at a derivation here:


    The idea of the transformation is the same as the Galilean ones; by substituting values for an event (t,x,y,z) you can get the coordinates of an event in another frame (t',x',y',z')
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