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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Textbook Problem

Two identically constructed clocks are synchronized. One is put into orbit around Earth, and the other remains on Earth. (a) Which clock runs more slowly? (b) When the moving clock returns to Earth, will the two clocks still be synchronized? Discuss from the standpoints of both special and general relativity.

(a)

To determine
The clock runs slowly.

Explanation

According to special relativity each observer, one on Earth and one in orbit, would find the other’s clock to run slow relative to their own clock. However, the observer in orbit is not in an inertial reference frame, and special relativity does not apply here...

(b)

To determine
The possibility of the clocks to be synchronized after the revolution.

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