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## Homework Statement

A spaceship sets out from earth to cross the galaxy, which has diameter D=6e20, in T=35 years (as measured on ship). What velocity does it need to travel at? And then find time viewed on earth, distance viewed by spaceship.

## Homework Equations

shown below## The Attempt at a Solution

So I don't think I can do this simply with the lorentz factor because of the element of distance when the final time measurement is taken, right? As in

Let l' be the length viewed by the ship, l=D the length viewed on earth, t' = T the time on ship and t the time on earth.

Then [tex]\frac{l'}{v} = T[/tex] and [tex]l' = \frac{D}{\gamma}[/tex] so just combine and solve?

Should I be using the Lorentz transformations here instead?

[tex]T = \gamma (t - \frac{vD}{c^2})[/tex]

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

But that's a huge mess to solve...

Are either of these approaches correct? If not what am I missing?