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An astronaut moves away from Earth at a speed close to the speed of light. If an observer on Earth could make measurements of the astronaut’s size and pulse rate, what changes (if any) would he or she measure? Would the astronaut measure any changes? Copyright 2005 Thomson Learning, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 4. Two identically constructed clocks are synchronized. One is put in an eastward orbit around Earth while the other remains on Earth. Which clock runs slower? When the moving clock returns to Earth, will the two clocks still be synchronized?

The Doppler shift for sound is usually Copyright 2005 Thomson Learning, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 5 CONSEQUENCES OF SPECIAL RELATIVITY studied in introductory physics courses and is especially interesting because motion of the source with respect to the medium of propagation can be clearly distinguished from motion of the observer. This means that in the case of sound we can distinguish the “absolute motion” of frames moving with respect to the air, which is the medium of propagation for sound.

Copyright 2005 Thomson Learning, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 5 CONSEQUENCES OF SPECIAL RELATIVITY At this point, you might wonder which observer is right concerning the two events. The answer is that both are correct, because the principle of relativity states that there is no preferred inertial frame of reference. Although the two observers reach different conclusions, both are correct in their own reference frame because the concept of simultaneity is not absolute. This, in fact, is the central point of relativity — any uniformly moving frame of reference can be used to describe events and do physics.

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