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The Elements of Relativity$
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David M. Wittman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199658633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199658633.001.0001

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Special Relativity: Putting it All Together

Special Relativity: Putting it All Together

(p.94) 8 Special Relativity: Putting it All Together
The Elements of Relativity

David M. Wittman

Oxford University Press

We have introduced the ideas of special relativity in quick succession because none of those ideas can really be understood in isolation. This chapter works through examples in some detail so you can practice applying the ideas and solidifying your understanding.We start with an overview of how to use spacetime diagrams to solve problems in special relativity, then we walk through examples ofmeasuring the length of a moving object; the train‐in‐tunnel paradox; velocity addition; and how clock readings are arranged so that each observer measures the other’s clocks as ticking slowly.

Keywords:   spacetime diagram, special relativity, train‐in‐tunnel paradox, pole in barn paradox, length contraction, time dilation, velocity addition, twin paradox

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