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written by Kiril Simov and Wolfgang Christian
The Relativity Metric program displays the effect of relative motion on the spatial and temporal separation of events in special relativity.  In the default scenario, by dragging the red circle at the center of the simulation, two events are observed in a stationary reference frame (the Other Frame) and the same two events are depicted in another reference frame (the Home Frame).  The spatial and temporal separation between the two events can be set by dragging the red circle or by using the text boxes provided.  The slider can be used to change the relative speed between the two frames.  The square of the space-time interval, which is invariant, is also shown.

Relativity Metric is an Open Source Physics program written for the teaching of special relativity.  It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive.  Double clicking the sr_metric.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.  Other special relativity programs are also available.  They can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics, OSP, or Relativity.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Relative Motion
= Moving Reference Frames
Relativity
- Reference Frames
- Spacetime Fundamentals
= Metric
- Special Relativity
= Simultaneity
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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This material is released under a GNU General Public License Version 3 license. Additional information is available.
Rights Holder:
Wolfgang Christian
Keywords:
OSP, Open Source Physics, events, metric, space time, space time separation, special relativity
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created May 23, 2008 by Mario Belloni
Record Updated:
August 22, 2009 by Gregory Comer
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May 1, 2008
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K. Simov and W. Christian, Computer Program RELATIVITY METRIC PROGRAM, Version 1.0 (2008), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7236&DocID=409).
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K. Simov and W. Christian, Computer Program RELATIVITY METRIC PROGRAM, Version 1.0 (2008), <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7236&DocID=409>.
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Simov, K., & Christian, W. (2008). Relativity Metric Program (Version 1.0) [Computer software]. Retrieved October 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7236&DocID=409
Chicago Format
Simov, Kiril, and Wolfgang Christian. "Relativity Metric Program." Version 1.0. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7236&DocID=409 (accessed 24 October 2014).
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Simov, Kiril, and Wolfgang Christian. Relativity Metric Program. Vers. 1.0. Computer software. 2008. Java 1.5. 24 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7236&DocID=409>.
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References Six Ideas that Shaped Physics

We have adopted the same terminology for the Home and Other Frames as Thomas Moore's Six Ideas that Shaped Physics book on special relativity.

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