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ERIC Number: EJ829035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
Lorentz Transformations with Arbitrary Line of Motion
Iyer, Chandru; Prabhu, G. M.
European Journal of Physics, v28 n2 p183-190 Mar 2007
Sometimes it becomes a matter of natural choice for an observer (A) that he prefers a coordinate system of two-dimensional spatial x-y coordinates from which he observes another observer (B) who is moving at a uniform speed along a line of motion, which is not collinear with A's chosen x- or y-axis. It becomes necessary in such cases to develop Lorentz transformations where the line of motion is not aligned with either the x- or the y-axis. In this paper we develop these transformations and show that under such transformations, two orthogonal systems (in their respective frames) appear non-orthogonal to each other. We also illustrate the usefulness of the transformation by applying it to three problems including the rod-slot problem. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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