Space Contraction: Shortening Distance for Fast Moving Objects


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Which of the following is the best definition for space contraction?

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1. Why don't we observe space contraction in our every day lives?

2. Consider a space ship traveling at 0.8 c. It shoots a laser in the same direction of its motion. Which of the following would be accurate?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet set will gauge your knowledge of the characteristics of space contraction. Topics addressed on the quiz include an explanation of space contraction and why we don't observe space contraction in our everyday lives.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review the following:

  • Definition of space contraction
  • Space contraction problems
  • What accounts for the constant speed of light

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding observable space contraction and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related natural science lesson
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve space contraction problems

Additional Learning

Review the corresponding lesson titled Space Contraction: Shortening Distance for Fast Moving Objects for more information. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand space contraction
  • Identify the relationship between speed and length
  • Describe how to calculate the length of an object given its speed
  • Explain the origins of space contraction with classical relativity
  • Appreciate why the speed of a light is a constant in a vacuum