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Relative speed equation

  1. Feb 10, 2015 #1
    I am studying the relative speed equations but I confused in one point.
    We need (at least) how many observers to calculate relativistic speed equation.
    Three or two.
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  3. Feb 10, 2015 #2


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    What do you mean with "relativistic speed equation"?

    You do not need observers, you can do this with pen and paper without observing actual experiments at all. It can be useful to imagine what multiple different observers would see, but they are not a necessary part for calculations.
  4. Feb 10, 2015 #3
    I mean lets think theres two observers and nothing else.Can we use relativistic speed equation in these situations.

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  5. Feb 10, 2015 #4


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    To use that formula you need two reference frames (with relative velocity u) and one object (with velocity v relative to one frame).

    Whether or not any of the frames are attached to an observer is not relevant. But if they are attached to an observer then the observer can certInly be used as the object.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2015
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