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Chapter 35: Special Theory of Relativity
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Chapter Objectives:

  • Describe the concept of relative motion.
  • Describe the Michelson-Morley experiment.
  • List the postulates of the Special Theory of Relativity.
  • Discuss how the Special Theory of Relavitivity applies to time dilation, length contraction, space time, space travel, and length contraction.
  • Define relativistic momentum.

Chapter Terms:

  • frame of reference
  • postulates of the special theory of relativity
  • simultaneity
  • spacetime
  • time dilation
  • length contraction
  • mass-energy equivalence

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Chapter Outline Framework:

  • Motion is Relative
  • Michelson-Morley Experiment
  • Postulates of the Special Theory of Relativity
  • Simultaneity
  • Spacetime
  • Time Dilation
  • The Twin Trip
  • Addition of Velocities
  • Space Travel
  • Length Contraction
  • Relativistic Momentum

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