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The following questions explore the mechanics behind the theory of relativistic time dilation

NOTE* this is not a topic for questioning the validity of time dilation -

replies are expected to provide logical solutions based on relativistic principles

it is also not a podium for Philosophiae Doctors (PhD's) to present lectures

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The Questions

1. Special Relativity predicts that time on a clock in motion slows down relative to a stationary clock - and slows proportionately relative to it's speed - up to the speed of light where the clock in relative motion would completely stop

(1.) explain in simple terms what causes this phenomenon

2. a stationary clock on the earth moves faster relative to a clock on a satellite in geosynchronous orbit - since the satellite is travelling at thousands of meters per second - although it seems to stand still above a point on the earth

(2.) True/False (and why)

3. multiple choice: A. a clock on the earth moves faster relative to a clock on a spacecraft travelling away from the earth at 30000 m/s

B. the clock onboard the space craft moves faster relative to the clock on the earth

C. both move faster relative to one another

(3.) A, B, or C (and why)

4. if the spacecraft were stationary in space... the earth would move away from it at 30000 m/s in it's orbit around the sun

is there a difference between the earth moving away at 30000 m/s and the spacecraft moving away at 30000 m/s ?

(4.) Yes/No (and why)

5. if a spacecraft is travelling along earth's orbit in the opposite direction

at 299763458 m/s it is travelling away from earth at 299793458 m/s

(1000 m/s faster than lightspeed) does this violate Special relativity?

(5.) Yes/No (and why)

6. do the clocks stop onboard the above mentioned spaceship and then move backward in time relative to stationary clocks on the earth?

(6.) Yes/No (and why)

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