Lesson: Relativistic Velocity Transformation
In this lesson, we will learn how to apply Lorentz transformation to determine the velocities of objects moving relative to each other at relativistic speeds.
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Worksheet: 11 Questions • 2 Videos
Suppose a spaceship A and a spaceship B are moving toward each other. Spaceship A fires a missile at spaceship B. The speed of the missile, relative to spaceship A, is . The speed of the missile, relative to spaceship B, is . What is the relative velocity of the two spaceships?
What is the velocity of the canister relative to Earth if it is shot directly at Earth?
What is the velocity of the canister relative to Earth if it is shot directly away from Earth?
Suppose the speed of light were only 3,000 m/s. A jet fighter moving toward a target on the ground at 800 m/s shoots bullets, each having a muzzle velocity of 1,000 m/s. What are the bullets’ velocity relative to the target?