Theory of Special Relativity: Definition & Equation


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Which of the following statements about special relativity is FALSE?

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1. Which of the following is not a consequence of special relativity?

2. In the train thought experiment, two beams of light are fired from the center of a moving train car: one beam of light towards the front of the train and one towards the back. From the perspective of a person on the side of the tracks, watching the train, which beam of light reaches the edge of the train car first?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The theory of special relativity is a complex theory; and this quiz and worksheet combo will help you achieve a basic understanding of this theory. Key topics are the theory of special relativity, reference frames, and time dilation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Special relativity
  • Time dilation
  • Creator of the theory of special relativity

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept special relativity to answer questions about its consequences
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding reference frames and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the theory of special relativity

Additional Learning

To learn more about special relativity, review the accompanying lesson, Theory of Special Relativity: Definition, Equation & Quiz. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the meaning of spacetime
  • Explain the concept of relativity
  • Identify consequences of special relativity
  • Explore a thought experiment