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Time Sync Problems

  1. May 28, 2011 #1
    http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/lectures/synchronizing.html" [Broken] the website talks about synchronizing clocks on a moving train. But I have a few questions about it:

    1) Why are you allowed to add ct+vt on the left-hand side of the first equation below the picture of the train? I thought one of the main tenants of Special Relativity was that you can't add velocities (or I'd assume distances) without taking into account the dilation/ contraction of that quantity.

    2) What would happen if you stopped the train, and then looked at what the clocks say? Would they be synchronized or not? I understand that the train would enter a noninertial reference frame, which would change how they behave, BUT wouldn't both clocks be affected equally... so who is right once the train is stopped- the person who says they're synchronized, or the person who says they're not?

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  3. May 28, 2011 #2
    It didn't say that velocity is added, ct+vt is the distance wich had been through a length contraction.

    Though I didn't learnt much of it, I don't think that the clock would be synchronized. Because according to the rest frame it is not synchronized even when the train is still moving, for different frames have different synchronization.
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  4. May 28, 2011 #3
    So at what point would the person on the train see them leave synchronization, then?
  5. May 28, 2011 #4
    I think just when the train changes speed. Look at the time of rear and front, they depend on c+v and c-v, so when v changes time would change. Synchronization means when the two times are equal, but if they are equal at one v they gotta be different when v changes.
  6. May 29, 2011 #5
    Any other ideas?
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