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The light clock and time dilation.

  1. Feb 14, 2008 #1

    ehj

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    How do you argue that the equation for time dilation derived from studying a light clock can be used in general. For instance, how does it tell us that a mechanical clock would also show time dilation?
     
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  3. Feb 14, 2008 #2

    Ich

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    If it were different, the principle of relativity would be violated - whenever both would not agree, you could tell that you are moving in an absolute sense. This principle is postulated in the development of the theory.
     
  4. Feb 14, 2008 #3
    light clock and wrist watch

    I think that the weak point of the light clock consists in the fact that it is not a wrist watch involving two such clocks located at the two mirrors respectively.
     
  5. Feb 14, 2008 #4
    A clock is a device that counts cycles, where a motion repeatedly returns to a starting point in some frame of reference. The light clock is a special case of this. Maybe instead of questioning the generalization of the light clock to all clocks, we should simply be amazed that such a generalization is possible. It tells us something profound about the universality of physical processes.
     
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