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Relativity of time

  1. Mar 19, 2006 #1
    Hi,

    my old physics teacher once told me that time is relative. But what does "time is relative" actually mean? Does time depend on something?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Mar 20, 2006 #2
    Yes it depends on your relative motion, your relative speed in relation to another clock (SR special relativity). Relative time can also depend on your depth in a garavitational field in ralation to another clock (GR - general relativity).

    Given enough relative speed, speed of light being the limit, you can actually come back from a trip younger than your own kids. That doen't mean that you age slower, time itself was slower in comparison.
     
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