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Homework Help: Simple Lorentz Question

  1. Oct 16, 2011 #1
    Just underneath the diagram of the 3 S-systems at the top of this webpage;
    http://www.relativitycalculator.com/addition_relativistic_velocities.shtml

    It gives equations for Lorentz transformation between S and S'

    Does x' mean the distance between the origin of frame S' and the event as measured from the origin of frame S?

    And does x mean the distance from the origin of the S frame to the event as measured from the origin of the S' frame?

    Thank you.
     
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  3. Oct 16, 2011 #2

    Doc Al

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    x' is the position of the event as measured in the S' frame; x is the position of the event as measured in the S frame.
     
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