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  • Special Relativity

  • Galilean Transformations

  • Galilean Transformations

  • *An Examplet=25 s

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  • *Michelson-Morley ExperimentPhysics theories of the late 19th century postulated that, just as water waves must have a medium to move across (water), and audible sound waves require a medium to move through (such as air or water), so also light waves require a medium, the "luminiferous aether". Because light can travel through a vacuum, it was assumed that the vacuum must contain the medium of light. Because the speed of light is so great, designing an experiment to detect the presence and properties of this aether took considerable ingenuity.

  • *Earth travels a tremendous distance in its orbit around the sun, at a speed of around 30 km/s or over 108,000 km per hour. The sun itself is travelling about the galactic centre at even greater speeds, and there are other motions at higher levels of the structure of the universe. Since the Earth is in motion, it was expected that the flow of aether across the Earth should produce a detectable "aether wind". Although it would be possible, in theory, for the Earth's motion to match that of the aether at one moment in time, it was not possible for the Earth to remain at rest with respect to the aether at all times, because of the variation in both the direction and the speed of the motion.Michelson-Morley Experiment

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  • *At any given point on the Earth's surface, the magnitude and direction of the wind would vary with time of day and season. By analysing the return speed of light in different directions at various different times, it was thought to be possible to measure the motion of the Earth relative to the aether.Michelson-Morley Experiment

  • *Michelson had a solution to the problem of how to construct a device sufficiently accurate to detect aether flow. The device he designed, later known as an interferometer, sent a single source of white light through a half-silvered mirror that was used to split it into two beams travelling at right angles to one another. After leaving the splitter, the beams travelled out to the ends of long arms where they were reflected back into the middle on small mirrors. They then recombined on the far side of the splitter in an eyepiece, producing a pattern of constructive and destructive interference based on the spent time to transit the arms.Michelson-Morley Experiment

  • *If the Earth is traveling through an ether medium, a beam reflecting back and forth parallel to the flow of ether would take longer than a beam reflecting perpendicular to the ether because the time gained from traveling downwind is less than that lost traveling upwind. The result would be a delay in one of the light beams that could be detected when the beams were recombined through interference. Any slight change in the spent time would then be observed as a shift in the positions of the interference fringes. If the aether were stationary relative to the sun, then the Earths motion would produce a fringe shift 4% the size of a single fringe.Michelson-Morley Experiment

  • *Michelson-Morley Experiment

  • *The Principle of Relativity: The laws by which the states of physical systems undergo change are not affected, whether these changes of state be referred to the one or the other of two systems in uniform translatory motion relative to each other.

    The Principle of Invariant Light Speed: Light in vacuum propagates with the speed c (a fixed constant) in terms of any system of inertial coordinates, regardless of the state of motion of the light source.Special Relativity

  • Classical Relativity1,000,000 ms-11,000,000 ms-1 How fast is Spaceship A approaching Spaceship B? Both Spaceships see the other approaching at 2,000,000 ms-1. This is Classical Relativity.

  • Einsteins Special Relativity1,000,000 ms-10 ms-1300,000,000 ms-1Both spacemen measure the speed of the approaching ray of light.How fast do they measure the speed of light to be?

  • Special RelativityStationary man300,000,000 ms-1Man travelling at 1,000,000 ms-1301,000,000 ms-1?Wrong!

    The Speed of Light is the same for all observers

  • Time Travel!Time between ticks = distance / speed of light

    Light in the moving clock covers more distancebut the speed of light is constantso the clock ticks slower!

    Moving clocks run more slowly!

  • *Time Dilation!

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  • *Length Contraction! Spaceship Moving at the 10 % the Speed of LightSpaceship Moving at the 86.5 % the Speed of LightSpaceship Moving at the 99 % the Speed of LightSpaceship Moving at the 99.9 % the Speed of Light

  • Length Contraction!*ABCuo

  • *Einsteins Velocity Addition

  • *Classical Doppler EffectVelocities are calculated with respect to the environment.We have different situations concerning whether source is stationary and observers moves or vice versa or both move.

  • *Relativistic Doppler EffectN Waves-uThere is no distinction between inertial reference frames. So we are just concerned with the relative speeds of the observer and the source. O::

  • *Lorenz TransformationsThree Specifications:They have to be linear as space and time are homogenous. They have to be consistent with principles of relativity.In the low relative speeds (compared to the speed of light) they have to turn into Galilean transformations.

  • *Lorenz Transformations

  • *Length Contraction!u

  • *Lorenz Transformations

  • *Special Relativity: Synchronizing Clocks

  • *Special Relativity: Synchronizing ClocksLets look carefully at the clock-synchronizing operation as seen from the ground. In fact, an observer on the ground would say the clocks are not synchronized by this operation! The basic reason is that he would see the flash of light from the middle of the train traveling at c relative to the ground in each direction, but he would also observe the back of the train coming at v to meet the flash, whereas the front is moving at v away from the bulb, so the light flash must go further to catch up.

  • *Special Relativity: Synchronizing Clocks

  • *Special Relativity: Synchronizing Clocks

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  • Twin ParadoxThe total time of the journey calculated by Gosper GoingComing back

  • From Amelias frame of referenceTwin ParadoxGoingComing backGosperAmelia

  • Twin ParadoxAmeliaGosperGoingComing backThe total time of the journey calculated by Amelia

  • *Relativistic Dynamics

  • *Relativistic DynamicsSo concludes that momentum is not conserved.

  • *Relativistic DynamicsIf we wish to keep conservation of momentum consistent with the first relativity principle, we have to define momentum in a way that:

    The definition is consistent with the first relativity principle, that is, if momentum is conserved in one inertial frame of reference, it has to be the same for all other observers in every inertial frame of reference. In the low speeds it has to turn into the non-relativistic formulation, that is: P=mV

  • *Relativistic DynamicsKinetic energy is not conserved in frame of reference.

  • *Relativistic DynamicsIf we wish to keep conservation of kinetic energy consistent with the first relativity principle, we have to define momentum in a way that:

    The definition is consistent with the first relativity principle, that is, if kinetic energy is conserved in one inertial frame of reference, it has to be the same for all other observers in every inertial frame of reference. In the low speeds it has to turn into the non-relativistic formulation, that is:There should be no restriction increasing kinetic energy infinitely, however, increasing kinetic energy infinitely in classical mechanics requires increasing velocity infinitely which is prohibited in the second principle of special relativity.

    ****************VT = V1 + V2Mention the Ether*Moving with respect to the Ether*Mention the Michelson Morley experimentAlbert Michelson & Edward MorleyLead Einstein to propose his Theory of Special Relativity*Consider a clock that uses a light pulse to tick . . . ************************