Rigid Body Motion in Special Relativity

  title={Rigid Body Motion in Special Relativity},
  author={J. Franklin},
  journal={Foundations of Physics},
  • J. Franklin
  • Published 2013
  • Physics
  • Foundations of Physics
  • We study the acceleration and collisions of rigid bodies in special relativity. After a brief historical review, we give a physical definition of the term ‘rigid body’ in relativistic straight line motion. We show that the definition of ‘rigid body’ in relativity differs from the usual classical definition, so there is no difficulty in dealing with rigid bodies in relativistic motion. We then describe 1.The motion of a rigid body undergoing constant acceleration to a given velocity.2.The… CONTINUE READING

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