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Special Relativity}Addition of Velocities

Recall that u' = \frac{v+u}{1+vu/c^2}. The problem gives u=0.6c, v=0.3c. Thus, u'=\frac{0.9c}{1+0.18}, which is slightly less than choice (E). Choose choice (D).

If one forgets the addition of velocity formula, one can always derive it from taking derivatives of the Lorentz Transformations, which are easier to remember, with x'=\gamma(x+vt) and t'=\gamma(t+vx/c^2).

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2012-04-20 14:22:44
Yeah, I took the logic approach to this one as well. To someone standing watching this happen, the velocity of the new particle must be somewhere between 0.6c and 0.9c, and you can eliminate E because, come on, adding velocities in relativity is never that easy.
2014-10-23 18:37:24
2010-11-06 19:49:31

where \frac{d}{t_{o}}=v_{o}


Therefore, V_{R}=0.6*(4/5)=0.48c;

2009-10-22 16:18:41
Relativity is so glamorous! I love it.

Thank you, dear uncle Albert :)
2007-09-23 07:43:14
Or, if you can't remember the formula, but you have seen any SR before you should know that the speed of the emitted electron will be greater than the atom (0.3 c) because they are traveling in the same direction, greater than the electron's speed in the rest frame of the atom (0.6c) because it is in a moving frame relative to the lab, but less simply adding the velocities (0.3c+0.6c=0.9c). This eliminates A,B, and E. A frame moving at 0.3c is fast enough to have a measurable impact on the velocity of the electron, so 0.76 seems more reasonable than 0.66c. Pick D.
2008-11-06 22:51:34
haha, sadly this is my typical approach to relativity. it's never the classical expectation, and its always faster than either of the particles alone. I nearly always choose the one thats slightly less than adding the two velocities. If only I had a better professor and a better text when I learned this stuff.
Kabuto Yakushi
2010-09-07 15:18:48
A good solution..Albert would be so disappointed! LOL
2018-05-30 03:43:14
Relativity is so glamorous! I love it. \r\n

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