Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity: Analysis & Practice Problems


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Which of the following is NOT a main idea behind the special theory of relativity?

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1. You are sitting on a train moving at 3 m/s, on a planet that is moving at a velocity of 450 m/s around its star, a star that is moving at 63,000 m/s around its galaxy, a galaxy that is moving at 1,000,000 m/s towards another galaxy. What is your velocity?

2. A spaceship is moving at 0.3 times the speed of light relative to the Earth. If the spaceship has a length of 10 meters, how long will it appear when observed from the Earth?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Einstein's special theory of relativity is an immensely complex scientific idea with some very basic everyday applications, and these study aids will help test your knowledge of the theory's mathematical concepts and key elements.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Main ideas of the theory of relativity
  • Math problems concerning distance
  • Finding speed
  • Calculating mass

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ascertain if you learned the key objectives from the theory of relativity lesson
  • Problem solving - use what you've learned about relativity to solve practice math problems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about Einstein's theory of special relativity

Additional Learning

If you want to know more about the theory of relativity, read the accompanying lesson titled Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity: Analysis & Practice Problems. The lesson covers the following main points:

  • Basic ideas and examples for the special theory of relativity
  • Relativistic mass, Length contraction, Time dilation, and their role in the theory
  • Practice problems in space and on Earth