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I do not fully understand the time dialation formula, if the answer is nearer to 1 does that mean time itself under perspection has slowed or increased?

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I do not fully understand the time dialation formula, if the answer is nearer to 1 does that mean time itself under perspection has slowed or increased?

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ok, thankyou.

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While it's safer to use the full Lorentz transform, IMO the time dilation formula can give better physical intuition if you're trying to picture how things are behaving in a given frame. It's always true that a clock which is moving in a given inertial frame is running slower in that frame, so for example if gamma=1.25, that means in the frame of the observer who sees the clock in motion, it takes 1.25 seconds for the clock to tick forward by 1 second. So the larger the value of gamma, the slower the clock is ticking in the observer's frame. If gamma=1, then that means the clock is at rest relative to the observer, and it's ticking at 1 second per second of time in the observer's frame (no relativistic time dilation).I do not fully understand the time dialation formula, if the answer is nearer to 1 does that mean time itself under perspection has slowed or increased?

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