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Minkowski Diagram Model
written by Juan Aguirregabiria
The Minkowski Diagram model displays the spacetime diagrams for two inertial observers. One or two events may be displayed and moved with the mouse. Optionally, the corresponding light cones may be shown, as well as the simultaneity lines in both reference frames. The spacetime interval is automatically computed. The simulation may be used to discuss simultaneity and causality in special relativity. You can modify this simulation if you have Ejs installed by right-clicking within the plot and selecting "Open Ejs Model" from the pop-up menu item.  

The Minkowski Diagram model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (Ejs) modeling tool.  It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive.  Double clicking the ejs_ehu_special_relativity_minkowski.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
1 source code document is available
Subjects Levels Resource Types
- Special Relativity
= Simultaneity
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Simulation
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Lorentz transformation, Minkowski diagram, causality, simultaneity
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Metadata instance created September 9, 2011 by Juan M. Aguirregabiria
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June 10, 2014 by Andreu Glasmann
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