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ERIC Number: EJ873686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
Lorentz Contraction, Bell's Spaceships and Rigid Body Motion in Special Relativity
Franklin, Jerrold
European Journal of Physics, v31 n2 p291-298 Mar 2010
The meaning of Lorentz contraction in special relativity and its connection with Bell's spaceships parable is discussed. The motion of Bell's spaceships is then compared with the accelerated motion of a rigid body. We have tried to write this in a simple form that could be used to correct students' misconceptions due to conflicting earlier treatments. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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