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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

You are a passenger on a brand-new spaceship that travels at 95% of the speed of light, i.e.,

v = 0.95 × c. The spaceship is bound for the star, Altair, at a distance of 17 light years from

Earth. If the spaceship departs on your 21st birthday, at a speed of v = 0.95c, how old are you

when the spaceship arrives at Altair?

2. Relevant equations

Δtmoving = Δtrest x [square root of (1−v^2/c^2)]

v= d/t

3. The attempt at a solution

I have no idea how to do this problem, in my opinion it appears to be poorly worded, I don't know if the professor means age relative to earth time or age relative to the traveling speed. This is my attempt to find a solution:

v=d/t v=0.95c --> 0.95c= 17lightyears/ t

t= d/ v

t= 17ly/ 0.95 c

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