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 can no object with mass 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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Created: July 23, 1996 Last Updated: March 20, 1998