Inquiry into Physics

8th Edition
ISBN: 9781337515863
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In your own words, define what is meant by time dilation in special relativity theory. Provide a similar definition for length contraction. Give an example in which the effects of time dilation are actually observed.

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The definition of time dilation and length contraction. Also, state an example where time dilation effects are observed.



There are some of the predictions which are made by special theory of relativity. These are time dilation and length contraction.

A clock in a moving frame will always appear to be moving slower or dilated to an observer in another frame. This is known as time dilation...

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