A constructive approach to the special theory of relativity

  title={A constructive approach to the special theory of relativity},
  author={D. J. Miller},
  journal={American Journal of Physics},
  • D. Miller
  • Published 6 July 2009
  • Physics
  • American Journal of Physics
Simple physical models of a measuring rod and of a clock are used to demonstrate the contraction of objects and clock retardation in special relativity. It is argued that models can help student understanding of special relativity and distinguishing between dynamical and purely perspectival effects. 

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