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This small group activity is designed to help upper division undergraduate students compute relativistic energy and momentum in different reference frames. Students work in small groups and practice using 4-momentum and spacetime diagrams to determine relativistic energy and momentum in different reference frames. The entire class wrap-up discussion summarizes group findings, offering students a geometric view of relativistic kinematics.

This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.
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Relativity
- Reference Frames
- Special Relativity
= Relativistic Kinematics
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Instructor Guide/Manual
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Paradigms in Physics Team
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NSF Numbers:
9653250
0231194
0618877
1023120
Paradigm ID:
rfeframes
Keywords:
Relativistic Kinematics, Small Group Activity, rfeframeshand.pdf
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created June 22, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
Record Updated:
June 22, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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August 23, 2013
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E. Minot, (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2008), WWW Document, (http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfeframes).
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E. Minot, Paradigms in Physics: Energy-Momentum in Different Frames, (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2008), <http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfeframes>.
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Minot, E. (2013, August 23). Paradigms in Physics: Energy-Momentum in Different Frames. Retrieved December 12, 2017, from Paradigms in Physics Program: http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfeframes
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Minot, Ethan. Paradigms in Physics: Energy-Momentum in Different Frames. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, August 23, 2013. http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfeframes (accessed 12 December 2017).
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Minot, Ethan. Paradigms in Physics: Energy-Momentum in Different Frames. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, 2008. 23 Aug. 2013. 12 Dec. 2017 <http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfeframes>.
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