*Glenbrook South Year-End
Projects*

## Relativity

**Basic Research Questions**

Your role as researcher for this project involves acquiring a
wealth of technical information about Relativity. The process of
conducting a literature search for the physics of discovering planets
should yield some basic information about the Speical Relativity and
the consequences of the theory. When finished, you should be able to
conceptually and mathematically describe time dilation, length
contraction, and relativistic mass. Some basic topics for research
and ultimate discussion have been listed below to assist you in the
initial stages of your literature search. The role of this listing is
to provide an initial framework for your literature search and not a
conclusive list of topics to be discussed. Your group will be
required to answer a majority of the following questions. Your group
is expected to go beyond these topics, exploring diverse areas of
individual interest about the physics of discovering extrasolar
planets.

1. What are Einstein's two postulates of Speical Relativity?

2. Discuss Time Dilation, Length Contraction and Relativistic
Mass.

3. Why is it that no object with mass could achieve light speed
in a vacuum?

4. What is the Twin Paradox.

5. Perform a basic, controlled study on Time Dilation with
Mr.
Henderson's Time Dilation Shock Wave.

6. Perform a basic, controlled study on Length Contraction with
Mr.
Henderson's Length Contraction Shock Wave.

7. What is a muon.

8. What happens to the lifetime of a muon as its speed increases.

9. A muon measures its own lifetime to be 2.2 micro-seconds.
What is the lifetime of a muon traveling 0.999c?

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## Relativity

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### This page last updated on 3/20/98.