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Physics Relativity Question-Train at Relativistic Speeds

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1. Homework Statement


Train Direction---------->


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Andy Train Mike

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Angela(Platform)


Andy and Mike are on a train travelling at relativistic speeds. They both stike a matchstick at the instance shown where Andy and Mike are equal distances from her. What will she observe?


a) She will see the light from Andy first
b) She will see the light from Mike first
c) She will see the light from Andy and Mike simultaneously because she is equal distances from them
d)She will see the light from Andy and Mike simultaneously because light travels at the same speed in all frames of references


2. Homework Equations




3. The Attempt at a Solution

I thought it was D, but the teacher reckons it was A. Would someone please explain why I would be wrong?
 

Doc Al

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Realize that Andy and Mike strike their matches at the same time according to train clocks. But Angela, on the platform, will disagree. According to her, they struck their matches at different times.
 

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