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I'm very new to special relativity and have a very basic question.

A and B are moving from each other at a speed of [tex] v [/tex]

at some instant a light flashes in the space.

A records: At time [tex] t [/tex] a light flashed at [tex] x [/tex]

B records: At time [tex] t' [/tex] a light flashed at [tex] x' [/tex]

Here is what I understood from SR theory,

A, at time [tex] t [/tex] sees what B records (instantly, forgetting the delay to see B's record) and writes the relationship to match what he records [tex] (t, x) [/tex] and B records [tex] (t', x') [/tex]

[tex]x' = \gamma (x - vt)[/tex]

[tex]t' = \gamma (t - v/c^2 x)[/tex]

[tex]\gamma = 1/\sqrt{1 - v^2/c^2 }[/tex]

Is my understanding correct?

I am reading the wikibook http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Special_Relativity (hope that'll help me in all of special relativity)

Thanks in advance

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