Length Contraction Explained: Formula & Example

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Length contraction states that an object shrinks in what direction?

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1. When does length contraction affect an object?

2. The second postulate of special relativity states what about the speed of light?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz focuses on the definitions of concepts related to length contraction. Some questions will ask you to identify the properties of length contraction. Other questions will require you to identify the meaning of theories and postulates related to length contraction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will require you to understand the following terms and concepts:

  • Length contraction principle
  • Special relativity
  • Time dilation
  • The formula for length contraction

Skills Practiced

The quiz will help you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related length contract lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the formula for length contraction and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as time dilation and special relativity
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding length contraction

Additional Learning

Make sure to peruse our specially designed lesson Length Contraction Explained: Formula & Example, after you finish the quiz. The lesson covers these objectives:

  • Understanding length contraction
  • Clarifying the circumstances for notable length contraction
  • Relating length contraction to reference frames
  • Describing the theory of special relativity
  • Exploring the relationship between time dilation and length contraction
  • Walking through a length contraction math problem
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