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Length contraction (Special Relativity:Lorentz transformation)
« on: February 28, 2011, 06:47:52 pm »
Length contraction:
A meter-stick appears longest to an observer who is at rest relative to it. An observer moving relative to the meter-stick at v observes the stick to be shortened by a factor of ?.
$gamma=1/sqrt{1-v^2/c^2}$

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