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Natural Science - Year II

Unit 56 Lab: Relativity thought experiments

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Unit 56: Thought Experiments

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Unit 56: Einstein and Relativity

Goal: To understand a kind of thought experiment using computers


Procedure and Report:

  1. Look up the description of the ladder paradox on Wikipedia. Describe the paradox in your own words and attempt to resolve it without looking at the solution first! Hint: use the concept of simultaneity with respect to the garage as one observer and the ladder as the other observer.
  2. Review the "solution" proposed on the same site.
  3. Explain why this experiment can only be done as a "thought experiment".