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ERIC Number: EJ1002737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Barn and Pole Paradox: Revisited
Cacioppo, Robert; Gangopadhyaya, Asim
Physics Education, v47 n5 p563-567 Sep 2012
Paradoxes have played great instructive roles in many cultures. They provide an excellent paradigm for teaching concepts that require deep reflection. In this article, the authors present two different paradoxes related to the length contraction in special relativity and explain their resolution. They hope that these two Gedanken experiments and their explanations will help undergraduate students to develop a deeper understanding of the subject and train them to transfer this knowledge to other paradoxes in the area of relativity, or in other branches of learning. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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