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Homework Help: Special relativity with muon

  1. Mar 22, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    a muon(mass 106 MeV/c^2)is produced in the upper atmosphere with an energy of 10000MeV. The Earth's atmosphere is 100km thick.In the rest frame of the muon, how thick is the atmosphere?

    2. Relevant equations

    E^2=P^2c^2+m^2c^4(I don't know what equation to put here. I think I have to use the equation of relativity.)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    the answer is 1.06km

    I'm wondering how to calculate the velocity of muon?~~
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  3. Mar 22, 2013 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    The thickness of the atmosphere has dimensions of what?
    In relativity you get
    1. time dilation
    2. length contraction
    ... which do you think is needed here?

    You don't need the speed of the muon, just the gamma factor.
    Get it from the total energy: ##E=\gamma mc^2##
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