A relativistic snake, 1 meter long, travels in a velocity of 0.6c on a table. A boy is about to strike two axes the same time on each side of the snake (1 meter gap between the axes). The boy figures, that if the axe at the back strikes right behind the snakes "tail", the snake will not be hit thanks to the length contraction.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

as in:

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While the snake, who figures what the boy is about to do, is a bit worried. The snake see the axes approach with a velocity of 0.6c, and hence is contracted and the gap seem less than 1 meter.

as in:

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The question is; what will happen?

Will one axe hit the snake, which is what the snake assumes?

Or will the snake make it between the axes, as the boy believes?

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# Homework Help: Relative snake problem

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