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Homework Help: Typical Relativity Car and Ball Problem... Please Help...

  1. Feb 18, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    (a) The person outside of the car will see the car's velocity as being c/√2 and the baseball's velocity as c/√2, therefore the observer in frame S will see those two velocities as added together because they both move in the positive x-direction.
    (b) Car's velocity - ball's velocity = 0 *edit* now I think this answer might be -c/√2
    (c) I have no idea
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2016
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  3. Feb 19, 2016 #2


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    (a) so what did you do to get the answer, and what did you get ?
    (b) so what did you do to get the answer 0 and why do you now think it's wrong ?
    (c) which equations apply ?
  4. Feb 19, 2016 #3
  5. Feb 19, 2016 #4
    Forget it this is due in an hour
    This website is zero help 100% of the time
  6. Feb 19, 2016 #5


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